Briefly describe what a concert day involves for you. Good sleep, a good and long enough warm up practice in the morning, a nice lunch, nap, coffee afterwards and a short re-warming on the instrument before the concert, and then a nice glass of wine or beer after the show (almost impossible to get all of this…)
The most inspiring composer: Bach.
The first piece of music you fell in love with: Bartók’s concerto for orchestra.
What’s the last book you read? Die Molekül-Küche (does not mean Molekular-Küche), forgot the author. I can enthusiastically recommend it for foodies – it is about the physical and chemical aspects of cooking.
What CDs would you want with you on a desert island? Tom Waits: Closing Time, Schubert Quintet with Alban Berg and Heinrich Schiff, Schumann Quartet No. 3 with Emerson, Frei Manuel Cardoso: Requiem (The Tallis Scholars), and a few others!
Andreas Klein was born in St. Wendel, Germany. He received his first trombone lessons from Joachim Lorek and subsequently from Werner Schrietter. After two years studying law, he began a course of study at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, which he finished in 2001 at the Musikhochschule Hannover. He has studied with Branimir Slokar and Jonas Bylund, and has also had private lessons with Joseph Alessi in New York. Andreas was a member of the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), the RIAS-Jugendorchester and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
In 1996, he landed the role of principal trombonist of the Düsseldorf Symphony. He moved to Berlin in 1999, where he has since been principal trombonist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (DSO) Berlin. In 2001, Andreas joined the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the DSO brass quintet and the brass ensemble brass partout, which has recorded three CDs under Swedish label BIS.
Andreas won first prize in the national Jugend musiziert competition as well as in the first International Trombone Competition in Aachen, Germany, in 1995. In 1993, his trombone quartet won the city of Leonberg’s music award. He was awarded a fellowship from the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition) Berlin in 1999, and was selected to perform in the Konzerte Junger Künstler (German Young Artists Concerts).
Andreas Klein has been principal trombonist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2007. He is also a guest professor at the Universität der Künste (University of Arts) in Berlin.