Music - Keyboards, Early Keyboards
Noted for his mastery of early keyboard instruments, Andrew Willis performs in the United States and abroad on pianos of every period. His recording of Op. 106 for the first complete Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments was hailed by The New York Times as "a 'Hammerklavier' of rare stature." He has also recorded Schubert lieder and Rossini songs with soprano Julianne Baird and early Romantic song cycles with soprano Georgine Resick. At UNCG, where he joined the keyboard faculty in 1994, Willis directs the biennial Focus on Piano Literature, for which he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin's Sonata No. 7 (2000). Willis has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival and has performed with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Apollo Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, he extends his investigation of historical performance practice into the Romantic era with performances on an 1848 Pleyel and an 1841 Bösendorfer, and into the Baroque with performances of J. S. Bach and Italian masters on a replica of a 1735 Florentine piano. Andrew Willis is a graduate of Curtis, Temple, and Cornell, where his mentors included Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Lambert Orkis, and Malcolm Bilson.