Andrew Willis

For several decades Andrew Willis has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire. Keenly interested in the history of the piano, he participates frequently in conferences, festivals, and concert series. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society and a Trustee of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, he served a finals juror of the Westfield International Fortepiano Competition in 2011. As Professor of Music in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, he teaches performance on instruments ranging from harpsichord to modern piano and since 2003 has directed the biennial Focus on Piano Literature symposium. He has recorded solo and ensemble music on historically contemporaneous pianos of three centuries for the Albany, Bridge, Claves, Centaur, and CRI labels, with collaborators including Julianne Baird, soprano, Brent Wissick, cello, and Sue Ann Kahn, flute. Willis received the D.M.A. in Historical Performance from Cornell University, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, the M.M. in Accompanying from Temple University under George Sementovsky and Lambert Orkis, and the B.M. in Piano from The Curtis Institute of Music, where his mentor was Mieczyslaw Horszowski.

There are 3 included publications by Andrew Willis :

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Editorial 2013 527 Bartolomeo Cristofori's production of a cembalo with a viable hammer action, first documented in 1700, has always been recognized as an epochal breakthrough for Western music. Commencing an article discussing three grand pianos in the Florentine trad...
"Interpreting Mozart: The Performance Practice of his Piano Pieces and Other Compositions" by Eva Badura-Skoda and Paul Badura-Skoda 2009 1897 This article is a review and critique of Eva and Paul Badura-Skoda's 2009 book “Interpreting Mozart: The Performance Practice of his Piano Pieces and Other Compositions”.
Jouez le Fortepiano!: An Interview with Malcolm Bilson 2006 1032 In an interview, fortepianist Malcolm Bilson discusses performing on early pianos, recording Mozart's concertos on period instruments in the 1970s, his experiences studying abroad, his recent video project "Knowing the Score: How to Read Urtext Editi...