Sir András Schiff is world-renowned as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer. Music critics and audiences alike continue to be inspired by the masterful and intellectual approach he brings to each masterpiece he performs. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953, he studied piano at the Liszt Ferenc Academy with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcom.
Recitals and special cycles, including the complete works of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók constitute an important component of his work. Having collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, he now focuses primarily on solo recitals, play-conducting appearances and exclusive conducting projects.
During his fall 2019 tour of North America, he conducted and played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, pairing concertos by Bach, Beethoven and Haydn with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Bartok’s Dance Suite. He was joined by violinist Yuuko Shiokawa for an all-Mozart program to open New York’s 92Y season.
Vicenza is home to Cappella Andrea Barca, his own chamber orchestra consisting of international soloists, chamber musicians and friends founded in 1999. Together they have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Schiff enjoys close relationships with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In 2018, he accepted the role of associate artist with the OAE, complementing his interest in performing on period keyboards.
He has established a prolific discography, and since 1997, has been an exclusive artist for ECM New Series and its producer, Manfred Eicher. Highlights have included the complete Beethoven piano sonatas recorded live in Zurich, solo recitals of Schubert, Schumann and Janacek, as well as J.S. Bach’s Partitas, Goldberg Variations and The Well-Tempered Clavier. His two-disc set of Schubert sonatas and impromptus was released in 2019.
He continues to support new talent, primarily through his “Building Bridges” series, which gives performance opportunities to promising artists. He also teaches at the Barenboim-Said and Kronberg academies and gives frequent lectures and master classes. In 2017, his book Music Comes from Silence, a set of essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published by Barenreiter and Henschel.
Schiff's many honors include the international Mozarteum Foundation’s Gold Medal (2012), Germany’s Great Cross of Merit with Star (2012), the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal (2013), a knighthood for services to music (2014) and a doctorate from the Royal College of Music (2018).
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