Andreas Staier was born in Göttingen in 1955, and studied the piano and the harpsichord in Hanover and Amsterdam. As harpsichordist of the ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln, between 1983 and 1986, he undertook a series of international concert tours that took him all over Europe as well as to South and North America, Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. Since 1986 Andreas Staier has pursued a career as a freelance soloist and has earned an outstanding reputation as both harpsichordist and fortepianist. In the field of chamber music he has had long and fruitful partnerships with such internationally renowned artists as Christoph Prégardien, Pedro Memelsdorff, Fabio Biondi, Tatiana Grindenko, René Jacobs, and Alexei Lubimov. Andreas Staier regularly appears as a soloist in the concerto repertoire with ensembles including Concerto Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées. From 1987 to 1996 he taught the harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Andreas Staier is a frequent guest at many of the world’s major concert halls and international music festivals, among them the festivals of La Roque-d’Anthéron, Saintes, Montreux, Graz, Feldkirch, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival, the Bach-Fest Leipzig, the Bachtage Berlin, the Bachwoche Ansbach.
Many of Andreas Staier’s CD recordings have been distinguished by international awards. In 2002 he was awarded the ‘Ehrenurkunde’ of the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and the French magazine Diapason called him ‘artist of the year’ in 2006.