American pianist Andrew Staupe is an internationally recognized soloist hailed for his compelling virtuosity and poetic lyricism by audiences and critics alike. Staupe has performed across the United States and extensively in Europe, appearing in Russia, Holland, Latvia, Romania, France, Germany, and Bulgaria. On tour in Europe, he has performed in distinguished concert venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and the Ateneul Roman in Romania among others. This season he appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, performing Mozart’s 2-piano concerto K. 365 with renowned pianist and former teacher Lydia Artymiw. He also made his Moscow debut in February 2011, and performed Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Shepherd School Symphony in March 2011. He was a guest artist at the 2010 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and performed with acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Since 2005 Andrew has been consistently re-engaged with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with conductors Osmo Vänskä , Andrew Litton, Mischa Santora, and Daniel Alfred Wachs. An avid chamber musician, Staupe has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Chee-Yun, Martin Chalifour, Anne Martindale Wililams, James Dunham, Leone Buyse, and Norman Fischer. Staupe has a keen interest in performing new music and has premiered a number of works for solo piano and chamber ensemble. During his April 2010 European tour Andrew performed two works dedicated to him by composers Christopher Walczak and Christopher Goddard, and is premiering Christopher Goddard’s ‘5 Concert Etudes’ next season. Andrew has participated in a number of master classes, performing for pianists Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Gary Graffman, Awadagin Pratt, Lee Kum Sing, Paul Schenly, Jerome Lowenthal, and Eugene Pridinoff. Other notable performances include concerts at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington DC, a solo performance at Jones Hall in Houston, and an appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2004. His live performances have been broadcast nationally on KSJN in Minneapolis, KUHF in Houston, and WQXR in New York City.
Staupe has earned prizes in a number of competitions including Gold Medal at the 2010 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, and first prize at the 2006 WAMSO (Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer’s Association) Competition. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Staupe is currently completing his D.M.A in Piano Performance at Rice University with pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Andrew completed his B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, studying with pianist and Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw.