Press/Reviews

ANDREW STAUPE- RECENT REVIEWS

 

Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2                                                                                       

Rochester Post Bulletin. November 25, 2014. Drue Fergison.

…Returned for a solo performance was pianist Andrew Staupe, in Johannes Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83. In a word, he was spellbinding. Generally throughout, the orchestra, conductor and soloist were very much in sync. Movement 1 was powerful and passionate. Movement 2 allowed us to see what Staupe could draw out of the piano. His force and concentration were stunning to watch…In short, from hammering bursts to elegiac melody to the gentlest of ornamentation, Staupe had it all, and to perfection. He received an ovation at the end, and we can only hope that he will return to Rochester, and soon.

 

Minnesota Orchestra, Strauss Burleske

Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 16, 2014. Michael Anthony.

…The concert leapt from one peak to another. St. Paul native Andrew Staupe, a pupil of Lydia Artymiw’s at the University of Minnesota, was the immaculate and nimble soloist in “Burleske,” which opened the second half…Staupe and Vänskä set a more sensible pace, allowing the music to breathe and sparkle..Staupe, who just turned 30, has fabulous technique. There was fire and wit in the performance but also an affectionate regard for the work’s often-ignored lyrical moments…When it was over, audience members stood and cheered.

 

Minnesota Orchestra, Strauss Burleske

St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 16, 2014. Rob Hubbard.

…Far more suited to the venue was the “Burleske,” Staupe tackling a notoriously difficult work and deftly negotiating its many mood shifts. He drew listeners in with whispered softness, then thundered mightily on big crashing chords reminiscent of raging Rachmaninoff. Staupe’s thoughtful, confident interpretation felt like a key stride forward in a career that’s gathering momentum.

 

Baltimore Symphony, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3                                                                                                      

Washington Post, July 25, 2014. Robert Battey.

…Pianist Andrew Staupe, also making his BSO debut, had a good outing in the C minor concerto. He is a fastidious player, whose imagination takes wing when playing alone…he has the keyboard skills to forge a strong career.

 

 

Rochester Symphony, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1                                                                                                                 

Rochester Post Bulletin, October 7, 2013.

…Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, begun originally as a symphony, was brilliantly performed by guest pianist and Minnesota native Andrew Staupe. From his delicately elegiac phrasing to his bullet-like precision, his playing was expressive, rhythmically driven and thrilling.

 

Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall

New York Concert Review, April 11, 2012.

…Mr. Staupe demonstrated a good sense of drama, with a confident manner, never allowing the stormy moments to be muddied or the lyrical sections to become overly sentimental, ending this work with a driven passion.

…Mr. Staupe’s technical prowess made it a success.

…this work requires a nuanced touch, which Mr. Staupe provided in a delicate and crystalline performance. The pianissimo final measures were stunningly rendered with a clarity I have rarely heard.

…Mr. Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease, capturing the savage without ever resorting to pounding, and maintaining a tremendous level of stamina and power.

…I was stunned- this was one of the most incredible performances of this masterpiece I have ever heard, live or recorded. I wanted to shout out to the audience, “Wake up! Don’t you realize you have had the privilege of hearing a once-in-a-lifetime performance!”

 

 

The ineffable “Wow” factor,” online review of Weill Hall debut

April 11, 2012, New York City.

…The first half belonged was Andrew Staupe, whose technical skills were not only impressive but compelled audience members to breathe, at his finish, an audible “Wow!”

…Mr. Staupe gave the first of many examples of his overpowering technical prowess.. error-free travels around the keyboard.

…Mr. Staupe treated the keyboard to a non-stop show. He did slow down for a very sensitive Debussy prelude, but that was only a second wind for the Villa-Lobos long but never ever ever lax Rudêpoema.

 

 

“For All Mankind,” Weill Hall recital debut.

April 17, 2012. Judy Gelman Myers

…This commitment to sharing was palpable throughout the evening. Staupe in particular communicated a personal voice nevertheless rooted in a profound understanding of the material he played. His broad musical interests—from medieval to chamber to new works—lent depth to his phrasing, while his voicing underscored the emotional structure of the music as a natural expression of its compositional structure. In addition, his ability to draw tonal color from the piano lent authentic variety to his interpretations of composers as different as Scarlatti, Mendelssohn and Debussy.

 

 

Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  

Rochester Post Bulletin, October 5, 2011.

…Staupe lived up to the hype. His playing was able to encompass, in a matter of seconds, precise and almost mechanical force, impish playfulness, twinkling delicacy, bullet-like octaves and rhapsodic singing in Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” Piano and orchestra were tightly woven throughout, especially in Variation VII…At the end, the audience jumped to its feet in a flurry of bravos.

 

 

Kennedy Center, Washington DC, recital with Chee-Yun, violin

Washington Post, October 16, 2010. Robert Battey.

…Pianist Andrew Staupe had the “Kreutzer” well in hand, virtually memorized.

 

 

“Rising star Andrew Staupe shimmers with orchestra.”                                                                                                     

Minnesota Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1

St. Paul Pioneer Press. February 28, 2008.

…In the first of four weekend performances, Staupe performed with great energy and confidence, showing superb technique and control.

…Unmistakable, however, was the sense of seeing a real musician at the starting gate. Judging by the shining moments displayed in Thursday’s performance, this is a career on the rise and a performer to watch.

 

 

Minnesota Orchestra, Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 1

Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 28, 2008. Larry Fuchsberg.

…Making his subscription debut with the orchestra, the St. Paul native has both the chops and the theatrical flair this concerto needs. Winning in the melancholic Andante, Staupe also captured the dash and fizz of the outer movements without lapsing into grandiloquence. We ought to hear him again soon.

 

 

“A wealth of piano performance continues on an extraordinary note.”                                                                     

Minnesota Orchestra, Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2

Minneapolis Star Tribune, July, 2006. Michael Anthony.

…the gifted young pianist Andrew Staupe took the solo spot, playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in a program conducted by Osmo Vänskä.

…Staupe’s Liszt performance Saturday was impressive. He easily surmounted the formidable technical hurdles, taking Liszt’s big double- octave passages at breathtaking speed while sustaining maximum clarity and an intensity that never seemed forced.

…his treatment of the work’s lyrical elements showed a most appropriate affinity for long singing lines.

…The result, from the audience, was a standing ovation.