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András Schiff, piano

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    Overview

    András Schiff is world-renowned and critically 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 Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm.

    Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Mr. Schiff has long proclaimed that Bach stands at the core of his music making. Through November 2013, András Schiff will continue his two-season endeavor, The Bach Project, when it returns to North America, comprising six Bach recitals and a week of the orchestral music of Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn with Mr. Schiff at the piano and on the podium. The Project will visit Symphony Hall, supported by the San Francisco Symphony, Disney Hall, supported by the LA Phil, and New York City in partnership with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 92Y and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. Repertoire for The Bach Project recitals will include The Complete Partitas and The Goldberg Variations andMr. Schiff’s final recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and New York will feature a unique program with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations following the Goldberg Variations. Mr. Schiff also plays this monumental program in 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. 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 now 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.

    András Schiff has worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, but now he 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 the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

    Since childhood he has enjoyed playing chamber music and from 1989 until 1998 was Artistic Director of the internationally praised "Musiktage Mondsee" chamber music festival near Salzburg. In 1995, together with Heinz Holliger, he founded the "Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte" in Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland. In 1998 Mr. Schiff started a similar series, entitled "Homage to Palladio" at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. From 2004 to 2007 he was Artist in Residence of the Kunstfest Weimar. In the 2007-8 season he was Pianist in Residence of the Berlin Philharmonic.

    András 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 The Well-Tempered Clavier.

    In the spring of 2011 Mr. Schiff attracted attention because of his opposition to the latest 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.

    András Schiff has been made an Honorary Professor by the Music Schools in Budapest, Detmold and Munich, and a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College (Oxford, UK). In December 2013, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal, its most prestigious award.

    "Among current piano titans, Andras Schiff is the Zen master. He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake; taken together, those qualities add up to an unbreakable focus. He is tireless and seemingly infallible, and his playing is window-clear. Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water."

    -San Jose Mercury News

    Sir András Schiff, piano

    Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 8:00 PM

    Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    The Program

    Schumann: Theme and Variations in E-flat Major, WoO 24
    Brahms: Tre Intermezzi, Op. 117
    Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
    Brahms: Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118
    Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869
    Brahms: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119
    Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, Les Adieux

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    Christian Gerhaher, baritone and András Schiff, piano

    Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    BeethovenAn die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
    Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48

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    András Schiff, piano

    Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Bach: Invention in C Major, BWV 772
    Bach: Invention in E Minor, BWV 778
    Bach: Invention in G Major, BWV 781
    Bartók: Ten Pieces from Gyermekeknek ("For Children"), Book II
    Bach: Invention in D Minor, BWV 775
    Bach: Invention in F Major, BWV 779
    Bach: Invention in A Minor, BWV 784
    BartókThree Burlesques
    Bach: Invention in E-flat Major, BWV 776
    Bach: Invention in G Minor, BWV 782
    Bach: Invention in B-flat Major, BWV 785
    WidmannZirkustänze
    Bach: Invention in E Minor, BWV 777
    Bach: Invention in E Major, BWV 786
    Bach: Invention in B Minor, BWV 774
    Bartók: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm, from Mikrokosmos, Book VI
    Bach: Invention in F Minor, BWV 780
    Bach: Invention in A Major, BWV 783
    Bach: Invention in C Minor, BWV 773
    Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
    KurtágAdiu Haydée I & II
    KurtágRitual, in memoriam Kálman Strém
    KurtágEgy tiszta lélek emléke (Memory of a Pure Soul), Schiff Klári in memoriam [Philadelphia Premiere]
    BartókOut of Doors

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    András Schiff, piano

    Date: Friday, October 31, 2008 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Beethoven: Sonata in F Major, Op. 54
    Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
    Beethoven: Sonata in F­-sharp Major, Op. 78
    Beethoven: Sonata in G Major, Op. 79, “Cuckoo”
    Beethoven: Sonata in E­-flat Major, Op. 81a, “Les adieux”

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    Miklós Perényi, cello and András Schiff, piano

    Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Beethoven: Twelve Variations in G Major on See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes, from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45
    Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2
    Beethoven: Seven Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fí¼hlen, from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, WoO 46
    Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F Major, Op. 17 [Arr. for Cello]
    Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2

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    Yuuko Shiokawa, violin; Miklós Perényi, cello; András Schiff, piano

    Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Dvorák: Piano Trio in F Minor, Op. 65, B. 130
    Janácek: Violin Sonata
    Janácek: Pohádka for Cello and Piano
    Smetana: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

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    Panocha Quartet w/ Yuuko Shiokawa, violin and András Schiff, piano

    Date: Friday, October 11, 2002 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Dvorák: Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74, B. 148
    Dvorák: String Quintet in E­-flat Major, Op. 97, B. 180
    Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155

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    András Schiff, piano

    Date: Thursday, February 28, 2002 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Mozart: Fantasie in C Minor, K. 475
    Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 533, with Rondo in F Major, K. 494
    Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 [1787] Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 576
    Mozart: Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
    Mozart: Ten Variations on Gluck’s Unser dummer Pöbel meint, K. 455

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    András Schiff, piano

    Date: Sunday, March 21, 1999 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

    Bach: Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo in B-­flat Major, BWV 992
    Beethoven: Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “The Tempest”
    Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 894
    Schumann: Novelettes, Op. 21
    Beethoven: Sonata in E­-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3

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    András Schiff, piano

    Date: Wednesday, March 22, 1995 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

    Bartók: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm, from Mikrokosmos, Vol. IV
    Bach: Four Duets from Clavier-íœbung III, BWV 802­805
    Bartók: Suite for Piano, Op. 14
    Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
    Bartók: Sonata
    Beethoven: Sonata in B-­flat Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”

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    András Schiff, piano

    Date: Monday, March 22, 1993 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Schubert: Sonata in A­-flat Major, D. 557
    Schubert: Sonata in B Major, D. 575
    Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894

    San Jose Mercury News

    “Among current piano titans, Andras Schiff is the Zen master. He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake; taken together, those qualities add up to an unbreakable focus. He is tireless and seemingly infallible, and his playing is window-clear. Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water.”

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