Andrew West

piano

ANDREW WEST has developed partnerships with many of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists.

Andrew received the inaugural Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists, and for several years he acted as official accompanist to the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

He has given recitals and recorded with Emma Bell (a CD of lieder by Strauss, Marx and Bruno Walter), Alice Coote, James Gilchrist, Hakan Vramsmo and Roderick Williams. He also appears regularly with Mark Padmore; their concerts together have included Mark Padmore’s debut Wigmore Hall recital, and further recitals in Paris and New York.

He is one of the artistic directors of the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, now in its sixth year, which presents English song unfamiliar to local audiences as well as more traditional repertoire. Highlights have included Tippett songs with Mark Padmore and Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde performed in a circus tent in Nuremberg Zoo.

He has a longstanding collaboration with flautist Emily Beynon, with whom he has appeared at the BBC Chamber Music Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival

As a duo pianist he appeared recently at the City of London and Cheltenham Festivals with pianist Cedric Tiberghien. He is also closely involved with the Michael Clark Dance Company Stravinsky Project, performing the two-piano version ofThe Rite of Spring with Philip Moore, and in a new production of Les Noces when the company returned to the Barbican Centre earlier this month.

Andrew West read English at Clare College, Cambridge before going on to study with Christopher Elton and John Streets at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is now professor of Accompaniment and Chamber Music.

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