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.
Pianist András Schiff introduces the multifaceted series he has assembled for Carnegie Hall audiences throughout the 2011–2012 season..
Schiff reveals his longtime friendship with Iván Fischer, and discusses the importance of having Hungarian musicians perform the music of Bartók..
The pianist discusses the three works, from the radicalism of the First, through the difficult-to-play Second, and the swansong of the Third..