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January 1 - 3, 2012

András Schiff , piano

The Jerusalem Music Center


András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary and studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy. Recitals and special cycles, i.e. the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók form an important part of his activities. Between 2004 and 2009, he performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in 20 cities throughout the United States and Europe, a project recorded live in the Zurich Tonhalle and released in eight volumes for ECM New Series.

András Schiff has worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, but now performs mainly as conductor and soloist. In 1999, Mr. Schiff created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians and close friends. In addition to working annually with this Orchestra, he also works every year with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Since childhood, Mr. Schiff 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 "Hommage to Palladio" at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. From 2004 to 2007 he was Artist in Residence of the Kunstfest Weimar. In the 2007-2008 season he was Pianist in Residence of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography, including recordings for London/Decca (1981-1994), Teldec (1994-1997) and, since 1997, ECM New Series. Recordings for ECM include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janácek, a solo disc of Schumann piano pieces, the Bach Partitas and his second recording of the Bach Goldberg Variations. He has received several international recording awards, including two Grammy Awards for "Best Classical Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)" for the Bach English Suites, and "Best Vocal Recording" for Schubert's Schwanengesang with tenor Peter Schreier, and, for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007, was nominated for "Best Classical Album (Without Orchestra)" for the second volume of his Complete Beethoven Sontata recordings for ECM. An all-Schumann disc is expected in Fall 2011.

In 2006, András Schiff and the music publisher G Henle began an important Mozart edition project. In the course of the next few years there will be a joint edition of Mozart's Piano Concertos in their original version to which Mr. Schiff is contributing to the piano parts, the fingerings and the cadenzas where the original cadenzas are missing. In 2007 both volumes of Bach's "Well Tempered Klavier" were edited in the Henle original text with fingerings by Mr. Schiff.


Date / Time Activity
1.1.2011 - 11 am - 1 pm, 3 pm - 7 pm Workshop for pianists
2.1.2011 - 11 am - 1 pm, 3 pm - 7 pm Workshop for pianists
3.1.2011 - 10 am - 1 pm Workshop for pianists

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