András Schiff

Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest in 1953 and began playing the piano at the age of five. Aged 14 he began formal studies at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Academy with teachers who included György Kurtág and later studied under George Malcolm in London, the city he has made his home. Success in major piano competitions (Tchaikovsky (1974) and Leeds (1975)) brought him to international attention and launched his career as a recording and concert artist.
 
After making a number of recordings for Hungarian label Hungaroton, Schiff had a long relationship with Decca for whom he recorded, inter al, landmark cycles of Mozart’s piano concertos and sonatas and many works by Bach. Schiff came to ECM in the late 1990s to record a recital of two-piano music by Mozart, Reger and Busoni with Peter Serkin. Since then he has become a New Series exclusive artist and brought to the label distinguished [...]
Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest in 1953 and began playing the piano at the age of five. Aged 14 he began formal studies at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Academy with teachers who included György Kurtág and later studied under George Malcolm in London, the city he has made his home. Success in major piano competitions (Tchaikovsky (1974) and Leeds (1975)) brought him to international attention and launched his career as a recording and concert artist.
 
After making a number of recordings for Hungarian label Hungaroton, Schiff had a long relationship with Decca for whom he recorded, inter al, landmark cycles of Mozart’s piano concertos and sonatas and many works by Bach. Schiff came to ECM in the late 1990s to record a recital of two-piano music by Mozart, Reger and Busoni with Peter Serkin. Since then he has become a New Series exclusive artist and brought to the label distinguished partnerships with Juliane Banse (Songs of Debussy and Mozart), Yuuko Shiokawa (Schubert fantasies) and fellow Hungarian Miklós Perényi (Beethoven’s cello sonatas). In addition he has recorded solo albums devoted to Bach (Goldberg Variations, Das Wohltempierte Clavier, partitas), Beethoven (the complete piano sonatas and two versions of the Diabelli Variations), Schubert, Schumann and Janáček.
 
The complete Beethoven sonata cycle – one of Schiff's most ambitious and critically acclaimed projects to date – was performed in 20 major musical centres worldwide and recorded for ECM in concert at the Zürich Tonhalle. Of this cycle, he has said: "For me, these sonatas are the most stupendous journey. They give a complete picture of how Beethoven developed though his creative life."
 
Schiff has long been concerned with period performance practice but at first the musical results of the research into authentic sound left him unconvinced. Since then his initial qualms have given way to a gusto for period instruments. A change of heart was prompted above all by his experience with Mozart's hammerklavier, which he was allowed to play in the house where the composer was born in Salzburg – 'at once a privilege and an unforgettable experience'.
 
András Schiff is also actively involved in orchestral music as both conductor and soloist. In 1999 he created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, consisting of international soloists, chamber musicians and friends. He also works regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
 
Schiff has been the recipient of a host of international awards and prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone awards, the Bartók Prize, the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize and the Robert Schumann Prize. He is also highly regarded as a pedagogue and lecturer on music.
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2024 July 23 András Schiff Église de Verbier station Verbier, Switzerland Event
2024 July 25 András Schiff Église de Verbier station Verbier, Switzerland Event
2024 July 27 András Schiff Menuhin Festival- Kirche Saanen Gstaad, Switzerland Event
2024 August 02 András Schiff Kirche St. Jakob Klosters, Switzerland Event
2024 August 06 András Schiff Bibliothekssaal Ochsenhausen, Germany Event
2024 August 11 András Schiff Kloster Chorin, Germany Event
2024 August 15 András Schiff Salzburger Festspiele Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria Event
2024 August 17 András Schiff Salzburger Festspiele Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria Event
2024 August 22 András Schiff Tellenhaus Ernen, Switzerland Event
2024 August 23 András Schiff Kirche St. Georg Ernen, Switzerland Event
2024 August 24 András Schiff Kirche St. Georg Ernen, Switzerland Event
2024 August 25 András Schiff Kirche St. Georg Ernen, Switzerland Event
2024 August 28 András Schiff Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands Event
2024 August 30 András Schiff KKL Luzern, Switzerland Event
2024 August 31 András Schiff Stresa Festival Hall Stresa, Italy Event
2024 September 01 András Schiff Teatro Galli Rimini, Italy Event
2024 September 05 András Schiff Chamber Music Hall Tsinandali, Georgia Event
2024 September 08 András Schiff Amphitheater Tsinandali, Georgia Event
2024 September 12 András Schiff Royal Albert Hall London, United Kingdom Event
2024 September 25 András Schiff Hotel Waldhaus Sils, Switzerland Event
2024 September 28 András Schiff Casals Forum Kronberg, Germany Event
2024 September 29 András Schiff Casals Forum Kronberg, Germany