Sir András Schiff
Sir András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. Born in Budapest in 1953, he began piano lessons at the age of 5 with Elisabeth Vadász. He continued his musical studies at the Liszt Academy with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. Between 2012 and 2014 he performed his Bach Project throughout the USA and is now giving a series of recitals comprising the last three sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. In October 2015 he gave his first North American concert as pianist-conductor with orchestra, chorus and soloists to critical acclaim. In 1999 he founded the chamber orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca, consisting of international soloists, chamber musicians and friends. He also works as a conductor every year with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
His many recordings include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janáček, Bach’s Partitas, ‘Goldberg’ Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier, and Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli’. His latest disc with ECM Records released in April 2015 features the late piano works of Franz Schubert recorded on a Franz Brodmann 1820 Viennese fortepiano and was recently awarded the International Classical Music Award for best “Solo Instrumental Recording of the Year”. This is the second time Sir András Schiff has received this award. The first was in 2012 for his recording “Geistervariationen” with works by Robert Schumann (ECM).
Sir András Schiff is the recipient of numerous international prizes and honorary degrees. He was given the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal and has been made a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. In June 2014 he was bestowed a Knighthood for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.