Sir András Schiff – Piano
Hungarian-born Sir András Schiff began piano lessons aged five, continuing at the Liszt Academy (Budapest) under György Kurtág, and in London under George Malcolm. He has worked with major orchestras and conductors as conductor and soloist. He has performed cycles of keyboard works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók, and has received numerous international awards. In 1999 he founded the chamber orchestra, Cappella Andrea Barca. A devoted chamber musician, he directed the Musiktage Mondsee Chamber Music Festival near Salzburg. He founded the ‘Homage to Palladio’ series in Vicenza, and with Heinz Holliger co-founded the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte, Switzerland. In 2007 his edition of Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues was published by Henle, and he is currently working on a new Henle edition of Mozart’s piano concertos. Sir András is Honorary Professor at the Budapest, Detmold and Munich music schools. He was awarded a Knighthood in Queen Elizabeth’s 2014 Birthday Honours.