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Jonathan Biss, piano

Overview

Pianist Jonathan Biss shares his talent, passion, and intellectual curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. Over nearly two decades on the concert stage, he has forged relationships with the New York Philharmonic; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Philharmonia orchestras; the Boston, Chicago, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival, and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, among many others.

Biss performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics, to Janácek and Schoenberg, as well as works by contemporary composer Gyorgy Kurtág and commissions from David Ludwig, Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan, and Bernard Rands. Biss has a noted recording career, including an album of Schubert sonatas and two short Kurtág pieces that NPR Music named as one of the best albums of the year. His recent albums for EMI won Diapason d’Or de l’année and Edison awards, and in 2017 he releases the sixth volume of his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas.

Biss studied at Indiana University and at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he joined the piano faculty in 2010. He led the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 150,000 people in 185 countries, and he will continue to add lectures until he covers all the sonatas. His bestselling eBook, Beethoven’s Shadow, published by RosettaBooks in 2011, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician.

Biss studied at Indiana University and at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he joined the piano faculty in 2010. He led the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 100,000 people in more than 160 countries, and he will continue to add lectures until he covers all the sonatas. His bestselling eBook, Beethoven’s Shadow, published by RosettaBooks in 2011, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician. This season Biss launches his latest Beethoven project, Beethoven/5, for which the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) is commissioning five composers to write new piano concertos, each inspired by one of Beethoven's five piano concertos.

"A young virtuoso and poetic pianist of the first order."

-Chicago Sun-Times

Elias Quartet w/ Jonathan Biss, piano

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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

The Program

Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt
Kurtág: Six moments musicaux
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

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Mark Padmore, tenor and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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

Schubert: Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957

 

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Departure and Discovery: New Directions at the Apex of Creativity is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Christine Anderson.

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Brentano Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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

Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Gesualdo: Selected Madrigals
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 118
Mozart: String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614

 

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Brentano Quartet and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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

Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 [Sel.]
Kurtág: Játékok, Volume VII, for Piano [Sel.]
Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111

Prior to this concert at 5:30 pm in the Perelman Theater, Gregg Whiteside (morning host on WRTI) will lead a free interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring musicologist Christoph Wolff, music critic Allan Kozinn, writer and thought leader Lewis Lapham, and behavioral scientist Dr. Daniel Gottlieb.  Their discussion will explore the effect that accumulated knowledge and experience has on artistic creation, highlighting the dramatic new directions taken and fresh discoveries made by these great composers while at the height of their creative powers.

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30th Anniversary Gala

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

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

Richard Goode, piano; Jonathan Biss, piano; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Pamela Frank, violin; Peter Wiley, cello; Brentano Quartet

Haydn: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:29
Schubert: Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965
DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:00 PM

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

Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
Schoenberg: Sechs Kleine Klavierstí¼cke, Op. 19
SchumannWaldszenen, Op. 82
Berg: Sonata, Op. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Op. 101

 

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Mark Padmore, tenor and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:00 PM

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

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 24
Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90
Tippett: Boyhood’s End
Fauré: La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45 with Cori Ellison

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Elias Quartet w/ Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 8:00 PM

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

Haydn: Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Beamish: Reed Stanzas [Philadelphia Premiere]
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

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Miriam Fried, violin and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 8:00 PM

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

Janaček: Violin Sonata
Schumann: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 121
Beethoven: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 96

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 8:00 PM

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

SchumannFantasiestí¼cke, Op 12
Janáček: On an Overgrown Path [Selections]
Mozart: Minuet in D Major, K. 355
Mozart: Adagio in B Minor, K. 540
Schumann: Davidsbí¼ndlertänze, Op. 6

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Elias Quartet w/ Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 8:00 PM

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

Suk: Meditation on the old Czech chorale St. Wenceslas, Op. 35a
Janáček: In the Mist, "Im Nebel
DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 -

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

Janáček: 1.X.1905, “From the Street”
Rands: Three Pieces [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 1

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Jonathan Biss and Richard Goode, pianos

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 8:00 PM

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

DebussyEn blanc et noir [Two Pianos]
Schumann: Six Pieces in Canonic Form, Op. 56 [Two Piano arr. by Debussy]
Beethoven: GroíŸe Fuge, Op. 133, for String Quartet [Arr. for Two Pianos, Op. 134]
StravinskyAgon [Two Pianos]
SchubertFantasia in F Minor, D. 940 [Four Hands]

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 8:00 PM

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

Mozart: Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
Kurtág: Játékok [Selections]
Schubert: Sonata in C Major, D. 840, “Relique”
Chopin: Barcarolle in F­sharp Major, Op. 60
Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 59 [Selection]

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Mendelssohn Quartet w/ Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 -

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

Haydn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5, Hob. III:35
Bartók: Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 8:00 PM

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

Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”
Spratlan: Wonderer [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven: Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
Schoenberg: Sechs kleine Klavierstí¼cke, Op. 19
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Friday, January 30, 2004 - 8:00 PM

Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Berg: Sonata, Op. 1
Schumann: Davidsbí¼ndlertänze, Op. 6
Kirchner: Interlude I
Kirchner: Interlude II
Beethoven: Sonata in A­flat Major, Op. 11

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Mendelssohn Quartet w/ Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2002 - 8:00 PM

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

Beethoven: String Quartet in C­-sharp Minor, Op. 131
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 3

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Beethoven: Sonata in E­flat Major, Op. 7, “Grande Sonate”
Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
Beethoven: Fantasia, Op. 77
Beethoven: Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”

The Telegraph

“It is hard to think of another young pianist who exudes such an air of focused seriousness as Jonathan Biss.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“A young virtuoso and poetic pianist of the first order.”

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