• About the Music

  • Schiff begins his Perspectives in October with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, when he performs all three of Bartók’s piano concertos over two nights—an astounding feat—and gives a solo recital. Schiff also performs the US premiere of a piece by is one-time teacher György Kürtag, today’s leading Hungarian composer, and leads young musicians in a Professional Training Workshop that focuses on the music of Bartók and Bach.

    Schiff celebrates his Hungarian heritage with the group Muzsikás and accompanies baritone Christian Gerhaher. He also premieres a Carnegie Hall–commissioned work by Jörg Widmann and participates in a chamber concert that showcases other pieces by the German composer. And in a special treat for young and old, Schiff's Perspectives series includes performances with the Salzburg Marionette Theater.