Andrew Kraus is a virtuoso pianist who enjoys performing as a collaborator as well as a soloist.
In November 2012, Mr. Kraus released a recording, “Music from the Golden Age of the Piano”, available through CD Baby, with individual tracks available there as well as on iTunes and Amazon.com.
In his own words: “I was extremely fortunate to have been accepted as a student by David Saperton during the last months of his life in New York City. Experiencing his playing in the intimacy of his studio was, for me, an initiation into the art of playing the piano in a way that had been lost. It was also an introduction to a genre of wonderfully beautiful and interesting music that had fallen out of fashion. I love that way of playing and that kind of music, and I have taken it as my mission to share both with contemporary audiences. Whenever and wherever I have performed this music, audiences have responded with great enthusiasm”.
“Bravo Shouted the Audience…Kraus delighted the audience with his virtuoso interpretation in Lemförde and inspired them to ‘bravo’ and ‘encore’…”. (Diepholzer Kreisblatt, August 12, 2012)
Mr. Kraus has performed as a soloist across the U.S., Europe, and Asia in recitals. He has been a performing participant in master classes with Peter Feuchtwanger and Leon Fleisher. In Spring 2009, he performed as featured soloist with The Mantovani Orchestra on their Spring tour of China.
Mr. Kraus is recognized for his work as an accomplished and sensitive collaborator, working with singers and instrumentalists in concerts around the greater Washington, DC area as well as for his work coaching emerging performers. In July 2013 he returns for his sixth year on staff as a coach at the Crittenden Summer Opera in Chevy Chase, MD.
Mr. Kraus holds degrees from Boston University (B.M.) and East Carolina University (M.M.), and has studied with Peter Feuchtwanger, Lily Kraus, David Saperton, Ward Davenny, Bela Nagy and chamber music with Artur Balsam.
In August 2013, he joined the Music Department at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA as Adjunct Instructor of Piano and the Music Department at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC as Adjunct Staff Accompanist.
Mr. Kraus is former Instructor of Music and Staff Accompanist at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he accompanied twenty-eight faculty recitals as well as appearing as soloist with the University Wind Ensemble playing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds.
Just the Facts
** Received scholarships to Boston University, East Carolina University, Temple University Institute at Ambler, and the Chautauqua Summer Institution.
** Recipient of the Aaron Richmond Prize in Music at Boston University.
** Soloist and accompanist for hundreds of recitals, at venues ranging from local churches and schools to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
** Coach and instructor in the art of collaborative performance.