Andreas Spering is one of the leading specialists in historically informed performances. He was strongly influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and his position as harpsichordist with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel (1990-1994). Since 1996, Andreas Spering has been Artistic Director of the Brühler Schlosskonzerte (Brühl Palace Concerts) and the Capella Augustina, which he founded. Since 2002, this festival has focused on the works of Joseph Haydn, and Andreas Spering has thus established the first and only annual Haydn-Festival in Germany.
As an opera conductor, Andreas Spering regularly conducts at many well-known houses such as Gothenberg, Gent, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Sevilla, Hannover and Essen, where he conducted productions such as ›The Abduction from the Seraglio‹, ›Don Giovanni‹, ›Le nozze di Figaro‹, ›Così fan tutte‹, ›Fidelio‹, ›Der Freischütz‹, ›Rinaldo‹ and ›Almira‹. With the Bayerische Theaterakademie at the Prinzregententheater in Munich he led a new production of Mayr’s ›Adelasia e Alermano‹. In France, he has worked at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence where he conducted Mozart’s ›Don Giovanni‹ in 2010 and was immediately re-invited for performances of Mozart’s ›La finta giardiniera‹ two years later. During his time as Music Director of the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, he conducted many of Handel’s operas. This season, Andreas Spering will conduct a new production of ›Le nozze di Figaro‹ at the Royal Operahouse in Copenhagen.
Andreas Spering has collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, the Orchestra Sinfónica de Euskadi, the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In Germany, he has worked with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Beethovenorchester Bonn and the radio orchestras of Hannover, Leipzig and Munich. This season, Andreas Spering will return to the radio orchestra Cologne, the Dresdner Philharmonie, the Beethovenorchester Bonn and will give his debut with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Known for his thoughtful choice of repertoire, Andreas Spering discography includes Handel’s ›Siroe” and ›Imeneo‹ and the first ever recording of Reichardt’s ›Erwin and Elmire‹. In 2005, the recording of Haydn’s ›Die Schöpfung‹ performed on period instruments (Naxos) received international critical acclaim. The recording of early Haydn cantatas was awarded by the magazine ›Le Monde de la Musique‹. Haydn’s seldom performed oratorio ›Il ritorno de Tobia‹ (Naxos) received the German Recording Award 2008. Both Brahms serenades (cpo) were released in 2008, Haydn’s ›Applausus‹ was released in 2010. Last season, a recording of Mozart Arias with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer was released by Sony and gained international acclaim.