French and foreign media often draw comparisons between Andreï Vieru and his compatriots Dinu Lipatti, Radu Lupu and Clara Haskil or Arthur Rubinstein, Sviatoslav Richter, Alfred Cortot, Mieczyslaw Horszowsky and Alfred Brendel.
His rather unconventional performances also invite comparisons with artists as diverse as Wanda Landowska, Glenn Gould, Sergiu Celibidache, Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett or even Jean-Luc Godard.
He has played at various festivals (Comminges, Houlgate, Piano en Valois in Angoulême, etc.), appearing numerous times at the La Roque d’Anthéron Festival. The artistic director, René Martin, had this to say:
“The Romanian pianist is one of the most astonishing Bach performers. He is really in his element. I believe that Andreï Vieru is the most original and interesting soloist to play Bach.”
Andreï Vieru is probably the only pianist to have played Bach’s four legendary keyboard concerto cycles, The Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue, The Well-Tempered Clavier and The Musical Offering. In this latest work (arranged by Anatole Vieru), he played the piano and harpsichord parts along with Janne Thomsen (flute), Elina Vähälä (violin), Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Garth Knox (viola) at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland in 2011.
Vieru regards the chamber music concerts he has given with the Lindsay Quartet, Stanislas Quartet, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Maurice Bourgue, Yves Henry, Pavel Nersessian and Dan Grigore, among others, as very special moments.
Vieru has released CDs, including The Art of Fugue and the Sonata in B Minor by Liszt (public recordings released by the INA archives), Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and The Goldberg Variations (Harmonia Mundi) and two box sets including both books of The Well-Tempered Clavier.
He has played contemporary music recitals at the Musica Festival in Strasbourg, at the IRCAM (a French musical research institute), and at the Valenica Contemporary Music Festival, among others.
He won the Académie des Beaux-Arts art school Nadia and Lili Boulanger prize.
Vieru is also a writer and has had essays published in the La Nouvelle Revue Française, Le Magazine Littéraire, Les Cahiers de l’Herne, Le Courage, Idei în dialog, Dilema and the Observator Cultural.
In 2007, he published Le Gai Ecclésiaste (The Cheerful Ecclesiast) (published by Editions du Seuil), a critically-acclaimed collection of essays and articles which drew comparisons with the writings of Émile Cioran.
Vieru dedicated the period 2005-2011 to mathematical research (Dynamic Systems Theory, Number Theory).
In 2013 he published Éloge de la Vanité (In Praise of Vanity) (published by Grasset). The press has compared him to La Rochefoucauld, Chamfort, Madame du Deffand and Cioran, not to mention other key Romanian literary figures from the 20th century such as Benjamin Fondane, Gherasim Luca, Eugène Ionesco and Paul Celan.
Andreï Vieru won the Casanova prize in 2014 for his essay Éloge de la Vanité. The previous winner was Andrei Makine. (This prize was created by Pierre Cardin in 2011 for European authors writing directly in French.)