Photo by Cristiane Rochol
Concert pianist, chamber player, tenured Professor of Piano and Keyboard Literature, and researcher at the Music Department of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, André Loss studied music in Brazil and in the United States, under the orientation of important teachers and performers. He obtained his degrees in music first in Brazil and later in the United States, culminating with the Doctor of Musical Arts at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, Oh.
André Loss received several prices and distinctions in piano competitions and in concerto auditions. He appeared as soloist in the seasons of several orchestras, among them the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Alegre, the State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo, the Eastern Illinois University Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Caxias do Sul, the Symphony Orchestra of Carazinho, the Chamber Orchestra of UNISINOS, the Chamber Orchestra of the Teatro São Pedro, the Chamber Orchestra of ULBRA, and the Chamber Orchestra of UFRGS.
He appeared in the United States as Visiting Professor and in Gest Artist Concert Series, besides playing in important music halls in Brazil. In one of his recent tours, he performed the complete cycle of F. Liszt Transcendental Etudes. He played several chamber recitals with renowned artists and acted as soloist with important conductors, like Eleazar de Carvalho. André Loss engaged recently in a Brazilian tour with the violinist Fredi Gerling playing the complete set of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin, also forming duos with the Cellist Marjana Rutkowski and the Double-Bass Alexandre Ritter.
His CD with the soprano Adriana Zignani received the Açorianos Prize of the City of Porto Alegre as the best CD of Classical Music, and he recorded a collective CD with faculty members of his Department with the complete set of Camargo Guarnieri’s Sonatinas. Andre Loss made the first performance of works by Felipe Adami, including the world premiere of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, and also the premiere of the second version of Celso L. Chaves’ Estética do Frio II for Piano and Orchestra.
André Loss is the creator and supervisor of the project “Digital Sources of Keyboard Music from 1730 through 1830,” with the objective to facilitate the access and the diffusion of Eighteenth-Century and Pre-Romantic keyboard works available in digital media, which allowed his performance of the South American premiere of Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, and will permit several upcoming projects that will disclosure to the public a great amount of unknown works from the past.