András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer.  Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 Mr. Schiff started piano lessons at age five with Elisabeth Vadász. He continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm.

 

 

Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Mr. Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making.  In October 2012, April 2013 and October 2013 András Schiff will embark on The Bach Project in North America, comprising six Bach recitals and an orchestral week of Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn with Mr. Schiff at the piano and on the podium.  The complete Project will visit Symphony Hall supported by the San Francisco Symphony, Disney Hall, supported by the LA Phil and New York City in partnership between the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 92Y and Great Performers at Lincoln Center.   Individual recitals will be presented in Vancouver, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Chapel Hill, Ann Arbor, Boston and Toronto. 

 

 

Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Mr. Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. Through November 2013, András Schiff will continue his two-season endeavor, The Bach Project, when it returns to North America, comprising six Bach recitals and a week of the orchestral music of Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn with Mr. Schiff at the piano and on the podium. 

The Project will visit Symphony Hall, supported by the San Francisco Symphony, Disney Hall, supported by the LA Phil, and New York City in partnership with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 92Y and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. Repertoire for The Bach Project recitals will include The Complete Partitas and The Goldberg Variations and Mr. Schiff’s final recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and New York will feature a unique program with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations following the Goldberg Variations. Mr. Schiff also plays this monumental program in London’s Wigmore Hall to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography, and since 1997 has been an exclusive artist for ECM New Series and its producer, Manfred Eicher.  Recordings for ECM include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janáček, two solo albums of Schumann piano pieces, his second recordings of the Bach Partitas and Goldberg Variations, The Well Tempered Clavier, Books I and II and now Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations recorded on two instruments:  The Bechstein from 1921 and an original fortepiano from Vienna 1820 – the place and time of the composition

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