American pianist Andrew Staupe is rapidly emerging as one of the most outstanding artists of his generation. In 2012 Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim, in which New York Concert Review raved “Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease… I was stunned- this was one of the most incredible performances of this masterpiece I had ever heard (Villa-Lobos’ Rudepoema), live or recorded… A once in a lifetime performance!” Andrew has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra on 5 subscription series since 2006, and has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and many other orchestras throughout the United States. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors Osmo Vanska, Jahja Ling, Andrew Litton, Daniel Hege, Kirk Trevor, Cristian Macelaru, and Mischa Santora. 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. Staupe performed on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” with Fred Child in July 2012, a weekly program heard by over 1.3 million people around the country.
He was a guest artist at the 2010 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and performed on numerous occasions with acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun, including a recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. An avid chamber musician, Staupe has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Martin Chalifour, Desmond Hoebig, Joseph Swensen, 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 by composers Christopher Walczak, Christopher Goddard, Karl Blench, and Anthony Brandt. 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, Steinway Hall in New York City, 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 the 2011 Pro Musicis International Award, Gold Medal at the 2010 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, and first prize at the 2006 WAMSO (Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer’s Association) Competition. He is a Finalist for the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association, and through it will make his Indianapolis Symphony debut in April 2013. 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.
Before studying piano, Andrew was an actor and worked in numerous theater productions in Minneapolis, including performances at the Guthrie Theater, the Ordway Theater, and the Children’s Theater . He studied violin with Mark Bjork at the University of Minnesota, and also enjoys performing jazz. Andrew founded ‘The Leoninus Ensemble,’ a Medieval-Renaissance choral group, at the University of Minnesota in 2004, and was a member of the Waltham Abbey Singers. Other hobbies include studying ancient history, archaeology, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and enjoying the NFL season with family and friends.