Andras Schiff

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Management: Polska
Manager: Kacper Salzman
tel: +48 22 646 46 28
mob: +48 501 142 085
mail: kacper@salzmanmusic.pl


András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 and started piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadász. Subsequently he continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. 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.

András Schiff has been awarded numerous international prizes, most recently being the June 2009 Klavier-Festival Ruhr Prize for outstanding pianistic achievements and to honour a lifetime's work as a pianist. In 2006 he became an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn in recognition of his interpretations of Beethoven's works; in 2007 he received the renowned Italian prize, the "Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati" awarded for his Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle; in 2007 he was presented with The Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize, sponsored by the Kohn Foundation - an annual award for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the performance and/or scholarly study of Johann Sebastian Bach; in 2008, he was given the Wigmore Hall Medal in appreciation of 30 years of music-making at Wigmore Hall.
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