“Kraus played with radiant vitality…First Class!”
May 28th, 2014 by Andrew Kraus

HenseltAndKrausCroppedFinalPictured here with the commemorative statue of composer, Adolph von Henselt in von Henselt’s home town of Schwabach, Germany,  Andrew Kraus presented a recital, Henselt in Context, on April 23, 2014, in the “Stadt Kasten”*** in Feuchtwangen, Germany. Kraus was a featured soloist in the 27th Annual International Feuchtwanger Piano Festival.  The program featured 17 pieces pairing works by Adolph von Henselt with those by better known composers including Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt.

The concert was well received by the general public as well as by the local critic.  In an email,one concert goer wrote, “… at your concert, my heart was happy…”.

Henselt in Context – Des Abends from Andrew Kraus on Vimeo.
This is the opening pair of pieces from the  ”Henselt in Context” concert.

Here follows a translation of a review by Elke Walter in the Frankische Landeszeitung, Nr. 95, 25 published in Ansbach, Bavaria on April 25, 2014.

“Recalling a Piano Virtuoso: At the Feuchtwangen Piano Festival Andrew Kraus devotes himself to Adolph von Henselt”

FEUCHTWANGEN – During his lifetime he was called the “German Chopin” – Robert Schumann even named him “God at the Piano” – the German composer, music instructor, and piano virtuoso – Adolph von Henselt. Unfortunately, he has fallen into oblivion. The American pianist, Andrew Kraus, commemorated this virtuoso musician’s 200th birthday as part of the 27th Feuchtwangen Piano Festival.

Henselt, born in Schwabach in 1814, was considered one of the most famous pianists of his time. Until his death in 1889, he was for many decades the imperial court pianist of the Empress, inspector of musical studies in St. Petersburg, and co-founder of the Russian piano school.

Kraus designed the evening after an interesting scheme: a work from Henselt countered with a thematically appropriate composition of a contemporary colleague. In the beginning, he chose Henselt’s “Wiegenlied, op.45.” Kraus set the lullaby in conjunction with Robert Schumann’s (1810-1856) fantasy piece, “Des Abends op.12,1.” Beautiful sounding melodic arches between dream and fantasy awaken passion. With great sensibility and enormous ease, the American maneuvered through Henselt’s works: “Repos d’Amour,” “Poeme d’Amour,” and the “Toccatina, op.25” – impressively interpreted. Perfectly complementary compositions from Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) fit superbly with the pieces. Only in comparison did the great virtuosity of each individual show: emotionally dramatic, rapturously fluid, or blazingly fast. Kraus proved to be like a sensitive “piano whisperer” and nimbly acrobatic with his fingers at the keyboard which lent soul to the sound of the pieces. Gently dreaming or passionately moved, full of compositional refinement… musical impressions of gondolas and the “Ave Maria” by Henselt and Liszt were equally played out with the same radiant vitality. The “Morceau de Salon, op.14,” an adaptation by Liszt’s instructor, the Viennese Carl Czerny (1791-1857), set an invigorating closing chord.

With his highly sensitive interpretive art, Kraus succeeded in presenting a touching tribute to the Schwabacher piano virtuoso, Adolph von Henselt – and simultaneously piano music of the romantic. First Class.

Here is a link to the original review.

Here is a link to the program.

Now accepting bookings for 2014-2015 season.
“Henselt in Context” is offered as a stand alone recital or, in conjunction with a half-day master class in academic settings.
Inquiries:  please use the contact form here.

***The “Stadt Kasten” is a half timbered structure located in the main church square of the City of Feuchtwangen. It was originally built in 1565 as a barn. Today, the building is used for concerts, plays and other cultural events year round




New CD – “A Vintage Christmas” with Laura Mills
Dec 4th, 2011 by Andrew Kraus







I am pleased to announce the release of a new album – Laura  Mills, A Vintage Christmas, and my part in it.

Yours truly had a great time “laying down the piano parts” with her in my Rockville studio for 8 of the 11 tracks on the album.

I believe you’ll agree that Laura Mills has a terrific voice,  and she does a great job using it to share her heart with us and love for the songs on this  album .  From  ”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and “O Holy Night”, these songs are sure to  put you in that special Christmas mood.

You can listen to the demo tracks,  or better yet,  order yours now for just $11.99 to get instant access to all 11 songs by digital download.  If you want a physical CD, just use my contact form here, and I’ll get back to you with all the details on how we can get the physical CD to you.

Andrew Kraus Joins Laurien Laufman for “The Transcribed Cello”
Jan 8th, 2010 by Andrew Kraus

On January 24th at 7PM, Andrew Kraus joins Bethesda based cellist, Laurien Laufman, for The Transcribed Cello. Ms. Laufman, former Professor of Music at the University Illinois and protege of Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, among others, describes the event as, “…an entire recital ‘borrowed’ from the repertoire of other instruments…”. Program details available here.

Want to attend?

Though a private affair, the performers have been told that we could invite “a few” guests of our own. Please contact Andrew Kraus using the form here if you’d like to join us for this event. If we still have some invitations, you’re in.

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