Sir András Schiff

Nov 12, 2023


Longtime Chicago favorite Sir András Schiff performs works from his extensive repertoire in a program introduced from the stage. An engaging and informative host, Schiff delves into the history and significance of each piece with “a commentary at once comic and serious" and "turns this pop-up master class into an unforgettable experience” (The Independent).

J.S. Bach

Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988


Capriccio on the departure of the beloved brother, BWV 992


Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570


French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816


[Eine Kleine] Gigue, K. 574


Six Bagatelles, Op. 126


Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109


Hungarian Melody in B Minor, D. 817 [Encore]



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Music Comes Out of Silence

Sir András Schiff is one of the most important pianists of his generation. In his memoir, Music Comes Out of Silence, Schiff recounts his life and work, taking readers on an intimate journey from his childhood in Hungary through to the present day. Available at the Symphony Store.

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