Sir András Schiff

“He found song where others find formula; he conveyed song where others play scales.” (Los Angeles Times)

Credit: Yutaka Suzuki


Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 and studied under Elisabeth Vadász, Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados and, later in London, with George Malcolm.

Recitals and special cycles, including the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók form an important part of his activities. Since 2004 he has performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in 20 cities.

Sir András has worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors. In 1999 he created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians and friends.

Sir András has been awarded numerous international honours. In 2006 he became an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn; in 2008 he was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal; in 2011 he received the Schumann Prize; in 2012 he received the Golden Mozart-Medaille by the Mozarteum and the Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern in Germany; in December 2013 he was given The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal;in July 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Leeds, among numerous others. In 2014, he was bestowed a Knighthood for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

András Schiff’s book, “Musik kommt aus der Stille”, essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published in March 2017 by Bärenreiter and Henschel.

From The Green Room

Goldberg Variations

Why my Goldberg Variations do a dance with the devil

András Schiff is due to perform JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Proms, but is he playing the wrong instrument in the wrong hall to the wrong audience? Here he argues against his most infernal critic:

The devil’s advocate: On 22nd August 2015 you will be performing J.S.Bach’s “Goldberg-variations” at the Royal Albert Hall. Have you lost your wits?

András Schiff: No,I certainly haven’t. The RAH is a magnificent auditorium, very large but full of character, history and tradition. The atmosphere at the Proms is absolutely unique, thanks to the quality and concentration of the audience.

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