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.
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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.