Sir András Schiff
Renowned and acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, Sir András Schiff
was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953. Having recently completed The Bach Project
throughout the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 concert seasons, he next performs The Last
Sonatas, a series of recitals comprising the final three sonatas of Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, and Schubert. The Last Sonatas takes place over the course of the
2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, with the complete series slated for Carnegie Hall, San
Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall, Chicago's
Symphony Center, Maryland's Strathmore Hall, Vancouver Recital Society, and the University
of Michigan's University Musical Society.
As pedagogue, he partners with 92nd Street
Y and SubCulture for Sir András Schiff Selects: Young Pianists, a three-concert
series in February and March curated by Mr. Schiff that introduces rising young pianists
Kuok-Wai Lio, Roman Rabinovich, and Adam Golka.
Mr. Schiff has built a prolific discography and since 1997 has been an exclusive artist
for ECM New Series. Recordings for ECM include the complete solo piano music of
Beethoven and Janáček; two solo albums of Schumann piano pieces; and his second recordings
of Bach's partitas, Goldberg Variations, and The Well-Tempered Clavier.
An all-Schubert disc featuring the B-flat Major and G-Major piano sonatas, D. 960 and D.
894, respectively; Moments musicaux, D. 780; and Impromptus, D. 935, is slated to
be released in fall 2015.
Mr. Schiff has been awarded numerous international prizes, and his relationship with
publisher G. Henle continues over the next few years with a joint edition of Mozart's piano
concertos and both volumes of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. He is an honorary
member of the Beethoven House in Bonn in recognition of his interpretations of Beethoven's
works; has received the Wigmore Hall Medal in appreciation of 30 years of music making at
that venue and the Mozart Medal by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum; and was made a
member of honor of Vienna's Konzerthaus. He was given the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold
Medal and has received honorary degrees from the University of Leeds and music schools in
Budapest, Detmold, and Munich. In June 2014, he wasawarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth