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Pianist András Schiff Completes The Bach Project with Carnegie Hall Recitals on October 30 and November 5


Carnegie Hall presents pianist András Schiff in two recitals this fall that will conclude The Bach Project, a two-season, multi-city, concentrated focus on the great keyboard works of J.S. Bach by one of the composer’s most acclaimed interpreters. The two programs at Carnegie Hall are monumental in scope, beginning with a performance of the complete Partitas on Wednesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. and concluding the following week with a concert that pairs Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Beethoven’s Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli on Tuesday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Mr. Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. The Bach Project, comprising six recital programs and a week of the orchestral music of Bach, Schumann, and Mendelssohn with Mr. Schiff at the piano and on the podium has visited Davies Symphony Hall collaborating with the San Francisco Symphony, Disney Hall collaborating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York City in partnership with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 92Y, and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. Mr. Schiff’s final recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and New York feature Bach’s Goldberg Variations as well as Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. His recording of the Diabelli will be released this fall on the ECM New Series label. Mr. Schiff will also play the Bach and Beethoven program in London’s Wigmore Hall to celebrate his 60th birthday.

About the Artist
András Schiff is renowned 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 Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography and, since 1997, has been an exclusive artist for ECM New Series and its producer, Manfred Eicher. Recordings for ECM include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janácek, two solo albums of Schumann piano pieces, his second recordings of the Bach Partitas and Goldberg Variations, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II, and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations recorded on two instruments: the Bechstein from 1921 and an original fortepiano from Vienna 1820—the place and time of the composition.

Mr. Schiff has worked with major international orchestras and conductors, but now performs mainly as conductor and soloist. In 1999, he created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians, and friends. He also works every year with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. From 2004 to 2007, he was Artist in Residence of Kunstfest Weimar. In the 2007-2008 season, he was Pianist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In spring 2011, Mr. Schiff attracted attention because of his opposition to the Hungarian media law, and, in view of the ensuing attacks on him from some Hungarian nationalists, has made the decision not to perform or return to his home country. During the 2011-2012 season, he was featured in a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series. Mr. Schiff is an Honorary Professor of the Music Schools in Budapest, Detmold and Munich, and a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College (Oxford, UK).

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