Hungarian-born Sir András Schiff began piano at age five, continuing at the Liszt Academy (Budapest) under Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London under George Malcolm. He has performed cycles of works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók, and worked with major orchestras and conductors as soloist and conductor. He founded his chamber orchestra ‘Capella Andrea Barca’, the ‘Homage to Palladio’ series in Vicenza, and with Heinz Holliger co-founded the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte. Sir András is Honorary Professor at the Budapest, Detmold and Munich schools of music. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards for his services to music, and in 2014 was awarded a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours and Doctor of Music degree by the University of Leeds. His book, Musik kommt aus der Stille, essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published in March 2017.
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