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  • Perspectives: András Schiff
    In the Steps of Bartók

    When asked to be a 2011–2012 Perspectives artist, pianist András Schiff was adamant about one thing: He wanted to focus on Béla Bartók and the vibrant legacy the composer left on their native Hungary. And, as Schiff was quick to point out, Bartok was also a New Yorker, moving here in the midst of World War II and living for a time on 57th Street—only a few blocks away from Carnegie Hall.

    Among the many highlights of Schiff’s series are performances of Bartók’s three piano concertos, a celebration of his musical heritage with Hungarian group Muzsikás, the premiere of a Carnegie Hall commission by Jörg Widmann, and performances with the Salzburg Marionette Theater. He also leads a Professional Training Workshop, focusing on the music of both Bartók and Bach.

    Throughout the season, we will post video, written, and audio content that reflects this busy and diverse artist and his series.

  • Perspectives


    Pianist András Schiff introduces the multifaceted series he has assembled for Carnegie Hall audiences throughout the 2011–2012 season.

  • Budapest Festival Orchestra


    Schiff reveals his longtime friendship with Iván Fischer, and discusses the importance of having Hungarian musicians perform the music of Bartók.

  • Piano Concertos

    The pianist discusses the three works, from the radicalism of the First, through the difficult-to-play Second, and the swansong of the Third.

  • Recent Blog Posts

    April 30, 2012
    András Schiff Reveals the Deeply Personal Background to His May 2 Recital Program
    READ: András Schiff performs the final solo recital of his Carnegie Hall Perspectives in Zankel Hall on May 2. Here, the pianist writes about the deep personal significance of the "very special" program he has chosen to perform that night.
    April 27, 2012
    András Schiff on Bach and Bartók
    WATCH: András Schiff reveals that the music of Bach has always been present in his musical life, and provides a personal and, at times, moving insight into Bartók's life, music, self-imposed and unhappy exile, and death in the US.
    April 25, 2012
    András Schiff on His Collaboration with the Salzburg Marionette Theater
    READ | WATCH: On May 5 and 6, pianist András Schiff's Perspectives continues with a pair of concerts with the Salzburg Marionette Theater. Read Schiff's charming explanation of how this "strange" collaboration came about, then watch what's in store for Zankel Hall audiences.