Andreas Kern is a pianist, artistic director, producer, and composer who thrives on celebrating classical music in unconventional ways.


Portrait of German Pianist Andreas Kern


Born in South Africa, Andreas Kern studied piano in Cologne and Berlin with Günter Ludwig and Pascal Devoyon. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has extensive experience in Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India, South Africa, and the United States.


Keen to present classical music in unconventional ways, Andreas has developed several concert formats for stage and television that often feature unorthodox venues and collaborations with artists across genres. These performances have drawn a much wider and younger audience than more traditional classical productions.


One of his most engaging concept shows is the PIANO BATTLE, which he co-created with pianist Paul Cibis. The show sees the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical and contemporary pieces. Part serious piano recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two classy artists, the PIANO BATTLE is a unique concert experience that pleases both the ear and the eye.


For the French-German TV channel Arte, Andreas Kern created the critically acclaimed late-night format "arte lounge". As the show's artistic director and co-host, he has performed with musicians including Mischa Maisky, Renaud Capucon, Sol Gabetta, Sarah Chang, Vadim Repin, Nils Mönkemeyer, Elina Garanca, and Jörg Widmann. The “arte lounge” was nominated for the prestigious Grimme Award in 2011.


Andreas Kern is also the ‘architect’ of the Piano City® Festivals, which feature more than 100 piano performances within one weekend. Since 2010, these cultural celebrations have brought together piano music enthusiasts in Berlin, Naples, and Milan.


From 2009 to 2013, Andreas Kern served as the artistic director of the Darling Music Experience in Darling, South Africa. The festival offers classical and contemporary performances, connecting Darling ensembles and soloists with well known national and international musicians.


Inspired by the works of classical and contemporary composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann and Yann Tiersen, Andreas Kern recorded an album of original piano creations in 2014.