Andreas Werz

Andreas WerzAndreas Werz has concertized extensively in the United States, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, where he has also recorded for the Suedwestfunk radio station. He has toured Asia performing and giving master classes in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. In a review of his recording of works by Schumann, Schönberg and Rihm for Thorofon Records, FANFARE praises his "formidable technique and genuine sensitivity" and states, "the cohesive concept behind the program makes it very satisfying to any collector wanting to encounter a thoughtful younger artist with real ideas about music history".

Andreas Werz was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and began piano lessons at the age of five. He completed studies under Tiny Wirtz (Cologne, Germany), Philip Lorenz (Fresno, California), and James Avery (Freiburg, Germany). In addition, he participated in master classes with Yevgeni Malinin (Moscow), Bruno Leonardo Gelber (Buenos Aires), and Ivan Moravec (New York). At the Freiburg Conservatory he passed the Solistenprüfung which corresponds to the American Doctorate in piano performance "with distinction". He has received numerous honors at international piano competitions including the G.B. Viotti in Italy, the Joanna Hodges in California, and the Dr. Luis Sigall in Chile.

Andreas Werz is in his 21st year as Professor of Piano at California State University, Fresno. He is also artistic director of the internationally renowned recital series, "Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts".