Andreas Woyke

An intensive quest and constant search for new and unconventional ways to express music determines the artistic vita of German pianist Andreas Woyke.

His education has been shaped by various international influences - the Argentine pianist Aldo Antognazzi taught him in Siegen. In Cologne and Vienna he studies with the russian pianists Pavel Gililov and Rudolf Kehrer. That time he won a number of international prizes, among them 1st prize at Brahms-Competition Hamburg, 1st prize at Austro Mechana in Vienna and 2nd prize and recital prize at UNISA Transnet competition in Pretoria.

Andreas Woyke has been performing already at important concert places of the world, i.e.: Musikverein und Konzerthaus Wien, Townhall New York, Sala Sao Paulo, Philharmonie im Gasteig München, Philharmonie Köln, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Radiohuset Stockholm, Tschaikowsky-Konservatorium Moskau, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., South Africa State Theatre Pretoria, Teatro Municipal Viña del Mar, Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai (Location in Simon Rattle's "Trip To Asia"). His collaboration with famous artists as mezzo soprano Christa Ludwig, the actors Julia Stemberger, Cornelius Obonya, Mercedes Echerer and Wolfram Berger or author Michael Krüger had a significant impact on his artistic personality as well as his work with conductors like Joao Carlos Martins (Bachiana Filarmonica Sao Paulo), Kazushi Ono (Staatskapelle Karlsruhe and Zagreb Philharmonic), Heribert Beissel (Klassische Philharmonie Bonn), Gerard Korsten (Transvaal Symphony), Pál Molnár (Baden-Baden Philharmonic), Rolf Agop, Volker Wangenheim and many others.

Andreas Woyke crosses borders. Composing and improvisation are very meaningful parts of his life. On his Solo-CDs „Braiding Bach" and „Braiding Chopin" (Ars) he combines piano works by the composers with his own compositions. In these strongly jazz-inspired sound images the improvising element shows as important effect as f.e. in the baroque ornamentation of Bach's sarabandes. Both free and conceptual improvisation such as “Acconci-Island”, inspired by the Mur Island in Graz, live-acts together with painters or silent movie accompaignment underline the profound meaning improvisation has in his life. Various styles like rock, jazz-rock, funk, soul, ethno or house as well as the classical epoques and ancient music do significantly inspire him.

In his live concert programs he strives for improvisatory momentum as well. In some solo concerts he is building improvising bridges between classical works and his own compositions and jazz. He also improvises or composes the cadenzas in classical piano concertos himself. Mozart’s in part sketchily composed Coronation Concerto, for instance, he refreshingly created a unique rearrangement of the work, which differs strongly from the well-known and widely played version by Mozart’s contemporary Johann André.

Chamber music and accompaniment of singers is a fixed part in Woyke's activities as well. Since the spring of 2003 he has been collaborating very successfully with Austrian cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl. The duo is performing all over the world and many of their CD-recordings have been rewarded with international prizes including Pasticcio-Preis (ORF), Supersonic Award and Excellentia Award.

Andreas Woyke currently works as a freelance concert pianist and teaches piano chamber music at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. He gives master classes in the whole world like Europe, North and South America and Asia.