Andreas Herzau studied guitar at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Duesseldorf, then at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts under Karl Scheit the famous guitar teacher.
He was strongly influenced by Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream and by the various Viennese concerts of the exceptionally gifted guitarist Prof. Luise Walker.
For the past three and a half decades Andreas Herzau has given innumerable concerts performing solo-programs and played as a soloist with different orchestras as well as chamber music.
The press: "Andreas Herzau is regarded as one of the most sensitive and most cultivated guitarists of his generation." "His art of playing the guitar is on the highest level."
He has been invited to play at various international music festivals. He performed live on TV and radio shows in Germany and in many countries abroad including Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, England among others.
The worldwide reaction to his recordings represents many famous people including Arminda Villa Lobos, the Director of the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janeiro: ”Excellent recordings!”
Composers have written pieces exceptionally for him, e.g.: 'Concert for Guitar and Orchestra' by the Londoner James Stevens. Another piece by James Stevens, 'Guitar' was dedicated to Andreas Herzau who performed this composition for the first time in London's renowned Wigmore Hall in 1982.
The sheet music was published shortly after that by Voggenreiter Verlag, Bonn.
In 1994 Merseburger Verlag published Mr. Herzau’s score that showed his pragmatic approach in re-arranging the lute score of Bach's Arioso 'Betrachte, meine Seel' from the Saint John's Passion using a capodastro.
In 1998 another publication followed: an annotated edition of Tarrega's 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' including 'Practical Suggestions for Interpretation and Technique.'
In 2001 another publication will soon appear by the same publisher, Merseburger Verlag, an annotated edition of Sor's 'Variations on a Theme of Mozart' Op. 9.
Andreas Herzau has given his insight to Dr. Med. Manfred Bartusch's book entitled 'The Left Hand of the Guitar Player', which dwells extensively on the arm position of the guitarist and also on the use of a specially prepared knee-pad that helps to keep the guitarist's left arm in the right position. This pad, which is used by many guitar players today worldwide, has been invented by Andreas Herzau over 30 years ago.
Since 1995 he has been in charge of teaching guitar at the University of Cologne.
Sources: Josef Powrózniak, Leksykon Gitary, Krakau 1979/Gitarrenlexikon, Berlin 1980; Peter Maier: Gitarre Special/Meilensteine der Gitarrengeschichte, Hamburg 1990; Eduard Wolff, Heinrich Zelton: Gitarren-Lexikon (Komponisten, Gitarristen, Technik, Geschichte), Hamburg 1996
Translation: Dr. Tamas GK Marius (USA) [VITA]
ZÜRICHSEE - ZEITUNG
"...Andreas Herzau is a master, a virtuoso."
WESTDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Krefeld
"... highly introspective and extremely sensitive .... most demanding music of the highest quality ..."
WAZ (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung)
"... with unexpected shades, extreme virtuosity and splendid vibrato ..."
NEUE OSNABRÜCKER ZEITUNG
"A lyrical, poetic guitarist. Sensibility and energy characterize his masterly guitar."
"The finely balanced effects of lights and shadows left deep impressions."
(RHEINISCHE POST, January, 1965)
"... he already has a depth of feeling and intensity of expression not otherwise usually attributed to a young artist."
“ ... he formed the contrasts of different tempi, intensities and timbres extremely sensitively.”
WZ (Westdeutsche Zeitung/Düsseldorfer Nachrichten)
"Herzau convinces with the force of his sound patterns ... when he magically produced his beautiful timbre and the soft vibrato, his skill was of breathtaking intensity."
RHEINISCHE POST, Düsseldorf
"Herzau masters the interpretation with great virtuosity into the finest sound patterns virtually indescribable with mere words.'
NORD - WEST - ZEITUNG, Oldenburg
"The brilliant recital by Herzau was undoubtedly one of the highlights of events so far."
" ... at times melodically simple, at times winding in masterful fashion about the keynote. In this solo performance Herzau reveals himself to be a master of his instrument."
" ... as a listener, one had the impression of endless imagination and creativity seldom displayed in such fashion.
"This recital stands out from the tremendous selection of guitar albums available due to its profound emotionality.
... with almost Beethoven-like pathos ... the technique is mastered in superior style ... An enjoyable album from every aspect - one which can be unhesitatingly recommended to guitar fans."
(HIFI - STEREOPHONIE)