András Schiff is renowned and 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 Liszt Academy of Music with Pál
Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm.
Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of Bach's keyboard works, Mr. Schiff has
long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. Through November 2013, he
continues his two-season endeavor The Bach Project, returning to North America with six
Bach recitals and a week of orchestral music by Bach, Schumann, and Mendelssohn with Mr.
Schiff at the piano and on the podium. The project includes visits to San Francisco's
Symphony Hall, supported by the San Francisco Symphony; Los Angeles's Disney Hall,
supported by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and New York City in partnership with the New
York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Schiff's final recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and New York
include Beethoven's Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli following Bach's
Goldberg Variations. He will also play this monumental program at 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. His recordings for ECM include
the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janáček, two solo albums of Schumann piano
pieces, his second recordings of Bach's partitas and Goldberg Variations, The Well-Tempered
Clavier, and Beethoven's Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli recorded on two
instruments: a Bechstein from 1921 and an original 1820 Viennese fortepiano, originating in
the place and time of the composition.
Mr. Schiff has worked with all the major international orchestras and conductors, but now
performs mainly as conductor and recitalist. In 1999, he created his own chamber orchestra,
the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians, and
friends. He also works each year with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of
Europe. From 2004 to 2007, he was artist-in-residence at the Kunstfest Weimar. During the
2007-2008 season, he was pianist in residence at the Berliner Philharmoniker.
In spring 2011, Mr. Schiff attracted attention because of his opposition to the Hungarian
media law; in view of the ensuing attacks on him from some Hungarian nationalists, he has
made the decision not to perform in or return to his home country.
Mr. Schiff is an honorary professor at music schools in Budapest, Detmold, and Munich, and
is a special supernumerary fellow of Balliol College in Oxford.