Duo Mader/Papandreopoulos, formed by classical saxophonist Andreas Mader and pianist Christos Papandreopoulos was recently described as "a top-duo that works out contemporary compositions in an atmospheric and interpretive way to the smallest nuances." (Leeuwarder Courant/Dagblad van het Noorden). Following the release of their debut album Lilith & Lulu in Februrary 2019, the Duo received rave reviews not only from the Dutch but also Austrian and Luxembourgian press, as well as the Bavarian Radio (BR-Klassik).
In 2018 Duo M/P was pronounced one of the winners of the Dutch Classical Talent Tour 2019/20. The jury praised the "sublime ensemble playing" between the two. Andreas and Christos distinguish themselves as performers by presenting concept programs and concerts with strong a narrative element.
In the past, the Duo has participated in festivals such as Grachtenfestival (NL), Oranjewoud Festival, Wonderfeel Festival, Festival Klangbasel (CH), 1st Birmingham Piano Chamber Music Festival (UK), Festival Jong Talent Schiermonnikoog 2018 (NL), among others. Duo M/P is among the prize-winners at the 1st Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival and won also the “Oorkaanprijs 2018” for their project Lilith & Lulu. Andreas and Christos have received lessons and mentorship from Pierre-Laurent Aimard in Cologne and Arno Bornkamp in Amsterdam.
“[…] Lilith and Lulu, beings of the night, illustrated with dark, often unearthly sounds. Andreas Mader and Christos Papandreopoulos manage to turn these figures to the world. Through the equivalence between saxophone and piano, the succession of soloistic parts and the juxtaposition of bright and dark colors, they become approachable, vivid and pictorial […] ”
Andreas studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the class of Arno Bornkamp, where he also received his bachelor’s degree „cum laude“. Additionally, Andreas had the possibility to study with Claude Delangle at the CNSM de Paris with the Erasmus Programme. He has received tutorship from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sven Arne Tepl and Walter van Hauwe.
He is prize-winner of the International AEOLUS-Competition 2015 in Düsseldorf, the Andorra International Saxophone Competition 2016 and won the 1st prize at the Bertold Hummel-Competition in Würzburg in 2017.
As a soloist he has performed with the Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, the Kracow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden and the Philharmonie Südwestfalen.
Andreas grew up in Jochberg, Tyrol and started his saxophone lessons at the music school of Kitzbühel. Later he attended the preliminary study at the Conservatory Tyrol. At the same time, he collected his first experiences as a Soloist with the chamber orchestra “Innstrumenti” and the Ensemble “Windkraft, Kapelle für neue Musik”.
Christos has studied contemporary piano music with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Hochschule für Tanz und Musik Köln and with Ralph van Raat at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In June 2016 he participated and performed at the masterclasses dedicated to the Catalogue d’Oiseaux by Messiaen, taught by Aimard at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings (Aldeburgh). In October 2015 he participated at the Piano Academy Pierre-Laurent Aimard / Tamara Stefanovich in Munich (program ‘Musica Viva des Bayerischen Runfunks’) dedicated to the Klavierstücke by Stockhausen. Christos has also studied with Willem Brons at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and received lessons and masterclasses by Richard Egarr, Robert Levin and Håkon Austbø.
Christos has played at the closing concert of the Gaudeamus Festival 2017 with Insomnio Ensemble under Ulrich Pröhl. He has played together with Ralph van Raat in De Doelen Rotterdam (series ‘Red Sofa’) in 2015 and 2018. Christos has given also solo concerts of contemporary music in Orgelpark (2015 and 2016) and at the NedPhO-Koepel in the finals of Gracthenfestival Concours 2016. Christos received the Frans Schreuder Prize 2016 for his research.