• About the Music

  • 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.