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Timo Andres (2015)

The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize
Selected by Philip Glass, Eleventh Prize Laureate


Timo Andres (b. 1985, Palo Alto, CA) is a composer and pianist who grew up in rural Connecticut, studied at Yale University and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. A Nonesuch Records artist, his newest album of orchestral works, Home Stretch, has been hailed for its “playful intelligence and individuality,” (The Guardian) and of his debut album for two pianos, Shy and Mighty, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that “it achieves an unhurried grandeur that has rarely been felt in American music since John Adams came on the scene.”

Notable works include Strong Language, a string quartet for the Takács Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Shriver Hall Concert Series and The Blind Banister, a piano concerto for Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Co-commissioned by the SPCO with Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Blind Banister was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. In the current season Andres has world premieres with the Boston Symphony and the Barbican Centre with the Britten Sinfonia. He also performs the world premiere of a piano concerto by Ingram Marshall – written specifically for him – with John Adams and the LA Phil.

Other recent highlights include commissions from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet. He has toured the US with fellow composer/performer, Gabriel Kahane, and frequently appears with Philip Glass, performing Glass’s complete piano Etudes throughout the world.

Andres has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, and San Francisco Performances. He has appeared Yevgeny Kutik at the Phillips Collection; with jazz master Brad Mehldau in in Boston, New York and Denver; and with the Knights Chamber Orchestra at the Ojai Festival.