Andrew von Oeyen
Los Angeles Times
“indisputable gifts [and] an extravagantly thorough and effortless technique…von Oeyen seems incapable of misarticulating a musical sentence.”
“Brilliant technique can be taken for granted among today’s concert pianists, but von Oeyen`s playing goes a step further. He leaves you convinced that he can do absolutely anything he likes with a keyboard.”
The Washington Post
“The Hayes Piano Series concluded triumphantly Saturday afternoon with a smart, varied and altogether engrossing recital by Andrew von Oeyen…In fact, I would go so far as to say that von Oeyen played the finest all-around performance of Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor that I have heard in many years.”
Post and Courier
“He gave the impression that, technique-wise, he had easily put this concerto in the conquered category, and still had more to spare. He was by turns elegant, agitated and caressing.”
Philadelphia Inquirer “Andrew von Oeyen proved a fierce, brilliant exponent of the Bartok Piano Concerto No. 2. He played with a gigantic tone, tossing off the composer’s clusters and counterpoint as though they were child’s play — at times, one could have sworn the piano was amplified — but then proved himself capable of rapt tenderness with an encore of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”
Le Monde de la Musique
“Andrew von Oeyen has a technique remarkable in its fluidity, a precise and balanced way of playing, but most of all a disarming elegance and charisma that allows him to communicate with the greatest of ease.”
Texas Classical Review
“Along with his flawless technique on the keyboard, von Oeyen used damper pedal imaginatively and effectively throughout—sometimes strikingly, as with the light cloud he brushed across the descending arpeggio leading into the final cadenza of the first movement.”
“In Von Oeyen’s hands, the piano suite glittered and amused and challenged the listener. He quickly showed his talent for plumbing a score to shape phrases and express mood. How satisfying it must be to play a superbly crafted work of music so beautifully! Tall and slim, blond and handsome…von Oeyen was masterful.”
Hailed worldwide for his elegant and insightful interpretations, balanced artistry and brilliant technique, ANDREW VON OEYEN has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation.
Since his debut at age 16 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mr. von Oeyen has excelled in a broad spectrum of concerto repertoire — Bartok, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Fauré, Liszt, Gershwin, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schumann, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky — with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Utah Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Marseille, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic. As both soloist and conductor he has led concerti and orchestral works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Kurt Weill. On July 4, 2009, von Oeyen performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in “A Capitol Fourth,” reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award winning PBS live telecast.
Mr. von Oeyen has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston’s Symphony Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Sala São Paulo, Teatro Olimpico in Rome, in Mexico City, Hanoi, Macau, and in every major concert hall of Japan and South Korea. Festival appearances include Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Mainly Mozart, Saratoga, Spoleto, Brevard, Chautauqua and the Mariinsky’s “Stars of the White Nights” in St. Petersburg.
Mr. von Oeyen’s 2019/20 engagements include, among others, appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland, NYO Canada, Zagreb Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in addition to recitals across the US and Europe. Additionally, he makes his debut in the Teatro Colon, in Kuwait City, and records his third album for Warner Classics.
Mr. von Oeyen’s 2018/2019 engagements included appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Bilbao Symphony, Biel Solothurn Symphony, Northern Czech Philharmonic, HKBU Orchestra (Hong Kong), Arizona MusicFest Orch and recitals throughout the US and Europe. 2018 also saw his debut in Vienna’s Konzerthaus and a return engagement at the Royal Opera House, Muscat, for the Sulta of Oman’s New Year’s Eve Gala. His second album for Warner Classics, which includes Debussy’s Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre, was released in August 2018.
In June 2016 Mr. von Oeyen signed with Warner Classics. His debut album under that label, including works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Gershwin, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. In 2013 Mr. von Oeyen released an album of Debussy and Stravinsky piano works under the Delos Label (including two pieces written for him by composer, David Newman), following his 2011 award-winning album of Liszt works under the same label. 2013 also saw the release of the Chopin-Debussy-Ravel digital album “Andrew von Oeyen: Live in Recital.”
Mr. von Oeyen, of German and Dutch origin, was born in the U.S. He began his piano studies at age 5 and made his solo orchestral debut at age 10. An alumnus of Columbia University and graduate of The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers were Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal, he has also worked with Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher. He won the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award in 1999 and also took First Prize in the Leni Fe Bland Foundation National Piano Competition in 2001. Mr. von Oeyen lives in Paris and Los Angeles.