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May 14, 17, 18, 2010

Jonathan Biss

Navon Hall of JAMD


Jonathan Biss has established a flourishing international career through his orchestral and recital performances in North America and Europe and lately through his recordings for EMI Classics. 

His recording of Schumann's FantasieArabesque and Kreisleriana was awarded the Diapason d'Or in the 'Jeune Talent' category in November 2007, and his second recording of Beethoven sonatas, released in autumn 2007, has also been widely praised and received the Edison Award for Best Solo Recital Recording in June 2008. Classic FM magazine wrote: "Biss has the rare ability to make you sit up and take notice as if you were hearing a well-known piece for the very first time... Biss tantalisingly combines Classical concision with a Romanticised poetic sensitivity that gets right to the heart of Beethoven's creative vision." 

Mr. Biss has worked with many distinguished conductors, including Alsop, Barenboim, Conlon, Davies, Dutoit, Levine, Maazel, Marriner, Morlot, Robertson, Slatkin, Tilson-Thomas, Zukerman, and Zinman. He appears regularly with the major orchestras of the USA including the Boston SO, Cincinnati SO, Chicago SO, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, National SO, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh SO, and San Francisco SO.

In Europe, he has performed with the BBC SO, BBC PO, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Helsinki PO, Israel PO, Mahler CO, Munich Philharmonic, Netherlands PO, Rotterdam PO, Stockholm PO, Tonhalle-Orchester Z&uumlrich, WDR Sinfonieorchester K&oumlln, and twice with the Staatskapelle Berlin. In the past season, he appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Bamberg Symfoniker, Swedish CO, Danish National SO and with the Camerata Salzburg and Sir Roger Norrington, both in the orchestra's Abonnement series and in Vienna and Graz.

Recital and chamber music continue to play a vital part in Biss' artistic life and he is a regular guest in many of the great series in the USA including, New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Chicago and now in the major cities and festivals in Europe - Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Schleswig-Holstein, Beethovenfest, Bonn, La Roque D'Antheron and the Verbier Festival. He has opened the Master Piano Series in the Concertgebouw (a return visit to the Concertgebouw), and he gave a highly successful solo recital in the International Piano Series in London where he returned in the summer of 2008 for a duo recital with Richard Goode. He also gave recitals in the Schwetzingen Festival and at London's Wigmore Hall and in the summer of 2008, gave a series of recitals as a trio with Midori and Johannes Moser.

Jonathan Biss has won numerous awards, including the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, and the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust. He was the first American chosen to participate in the BBC's New Generation Artist programme, and in 2005 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award presented to him at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany.

Date / time Activity
May 14, 17, 18, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Piano master classes