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Schiff András


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

21 December 1953 Budapest

Famous pianist and conductor, one of the most outstanding performers of the works by J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Dvořák, Janáček and Bartók. He used to work with the most prestigious orchestras and conductors of the world. Lately he’s been concentrating on solo recitals and conducting.

He started his music studies at the age of five with Erzsébet Vadász. Between 1968 and 1975 he was pupil of Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In London his teacher was George Malcolm. At the beginning of his career he attended many international contests: in 1973 together with Miklós Szenthelyi he came in first place at the Leó Weinter Sonata Contest (Budapest) and in fourth place at the Tschaikovsky Contest (Moscow) in 1974. One year later he won third place at the Ferenc Liszt International Piano Contest (Leeds).

As pianist the most significant stations of his career are those solo recitals and concert series, where he used to play works by J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók. In 2004 he started a series where he performed all the 32 sonatas of Beethoven in time order. (In the season 2007/2008 he repeated the Beethoven-cycle in the USA.) As conductor and soloist he played Beethoven’s complete piano concertos in the season 2003/2004 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Ever since he was a child, András Schiff is a fond of chamber music - some of his renowned partners are: Gidon Kremer, Yuuko Shiokawa, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heinz Holliger, Peter Serkin, Peter Schreier, Miklós Perényi, Robert Holl and Cecilia Bartoli. Since the late ‘90s he is also an active conductor, so he regularly gives concerts with the London Philharmonia, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Birmingham Symphonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1999 he founded his own chamber music ensemble, Capella Andrea Barca, which comprises of internationally renowned soloists, chamber musicians and friends. Within the frames of a seven-year series they presented Mozart’s complete piano concertos at the Mozartwoche of Salzburg. In the seasons 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 they toured in the USA and had a great success at the Carnegie Hall and also at the Alice Tully Hall, where the 250th Anniversary of Mozart’s Death was celebrated in frames of a memorial concert.

In the Bach Year (2000) he gave a number of solo concerts and he conducted the Matthew Passion. In 2001 he played Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Vicenza and the Edinburgh Festival. With the London Philharmonia he conducted the H-minor Mass by Bach in 2004. One year later he conducted Haydn’s Creation in London, too.

He recorded almost every piano piece of J. S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Janáček, five piano concertos by Beethoven, besides compositions of Händel, Haydn, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Reger, Smetana, Bartók and Sándor Veress. A lot of his albums were awarded; he won the Grammy two times - first for the English Suites by Bach (Best Instrumental Soloist), second for Schubert’s song cycle, the Schwanengesang (Best Vocal Album), recorded with Peter Schreier. The second part of the complete album of Beethoven’s sonatas was a Grammy-nominee in the category „Best Classical Album”.

From 1989 to 1998 he was the artistic director of the one-week chamber festival „Musiktage Mondsee” near Salzburg. For the time being he is the artistic director of the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte that was founded 1995 with Heinz Holliger in Switzerland. From 1998 he’s been giving concert series with the title „Hommage to Palladio” at the Vicenza Teatro Olimpico. Between 2004 and 2007 he was guest performer at the Kunstfest Weimar in Germany.

Throughout his career András Schiff has been awarded many times. In 1977 he won the Liszt Prize, in 1991 the Bartók-Pásztory Prize, in 1994 the Claudio Arrau Memorial Plaque from the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf, in 1996 the Kossuth Prize and in 1997 the Leonie Sonnings Music Prize in Copenhagen. In 2003 he was honored with the Palladio d’Oro Prize in Vicenza and the Bremen Music Award, in 2007 the Italian Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati Prize, the Prize of the Royal Academy of Music and the Bach Prize of the Kohn Foundation. In 2006 he became honorary member of the Beethoven House in Bonn.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Live at the Concertgebouw Elatus 2564-61762-2 Own
Smetana: Polkas Elatus 2564-61734-2 Own
Schubert, Franz: Die Schöne Müllerin TDK DV-CODSM
Mozart, W. A.: Clarinet Trio, K498 "Kegelstatt" & Piano Trios K502 & K542 Elatus 2564-61733-2
Schumann, Robert: Kresleriana; Gesänge der Frühe; Variations on an Original Theme; Nachstücke Elatus 2564-60026-2 Own
Schumann, Robert: Arabeske Elatus 0927-49612-2 Own
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Elatus 2564-60130-2 Own
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 Elatus 2564-60433-2 Own
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No. 5; Piano Sonata in F minor "Apassionata" Elatus 2564-60348-2 Own
Haydn, Joseph: Pianos Sonatas Nos. 32, 33, 53, 54 & 58 Elatus 2564-60677-2 Own
Haydn, Joseph: Piano Sonatas Nos. 59-62 Elatus 2564-60807-2 Own
1972 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Concerti for Two and Three Pianos Hungaroton SLPX 11631 Own
1976 Szőllősy András művei Hungaroton SLPX 11805 Own
1977 Scarlatti, Domenico: 12 szonáta
(Scarlatti, Domenico: 12 Sonatas)
Hungaroton HCD 11806 Own
1985 Bach, J.S.: 6 partitas Decca 411732 Own
2 CDs
1985 Bach, J.S.: Two and Three Part Inventions Decca 411974 Own
1985 Hommage a Scarlatti Hungaroton SLPX 12674-75 Own
1986 Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations Decca 417116 Own
1986 Bach, J.S.: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Vol.1 Decca 414388 Own
1986 Bach, J.S.: Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Vol.2 Decca 417236 Own
1987 Terhestorna - Szülés utáni torna Hungaroton
1987 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Lieder ohne Worte Decca 421119 Own
1987 Bach, J. S.: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Partita in G major, Toccata in D major, English Suite in F major Hungaroton Own
1987 Bach, J.S.: Concertos for One and Two Pianos and Orchestra Hungaroton Own
1988 Mozart, W. A.: Eine Kleine Gigue in G major/Ah! Vous dirai-je maman Variations Decca 421369 Own
1988 Scarlatti, Domenico: Keyboard Sonatas Decca 421422 Own
1988 Bach, J.S.: The English Suites; Suites Nos. 1 - 6 Decca 421640 Own
2 CDs
1990 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concerto No.20/Concerto for 2 Pianos/Concerto for 3 Pianos Decca 430232 Own
1990 Bach, J.S.: Concerti BWV 1052-58 Decca 425676 Own
2 CDs
1991 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 20 Decca 430510 Own
1993 Bach, J.S.: French Suites Nos. 1-6/Italian Concerto/Partita Decca 433313 Own
2 CD
1993 Bartoli/Schiff: Italian Songs Decca 440297 Own
1994 Schubert, Franz: Winterreise Decca 436122 Own
1994 Schubert, Franz: Zongorakettősök
(Schubert, Franz: Piano Duets)
Hungaroton HCD 11941 Own
1994 Bach, J. S.: Zongoraművek
(Bach, J. S.: Piano Works)
Hungaroton HCD 11690 Own
Recorded in 1973
1994 Beethoven zongorája a Magyar Nemzeti Múzeumban
(Beethoven's Broadwood Piano in the Hungarian National Museum)
Hungaroton HCD 11885 Own
1995 Schumann, Robert: Symphonic Etudes Teldec 4509-99176-2 Own
1995 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Sonatas Decca 443717 Own
5 CDs
1995 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Decca 448140 Own
9 CDs
1995 Works of Reger, Brahms and Händel Teldec 4509-99051-2 Own
1996 Bartók Béla: Zongoraversenyek
(Bartók, Béla: Piano Concertos)
Teldec 0630-13158-2
1996 Sass Sylvia: Mozart - Wagner Hungaroton HCD 12671
1996 Bach, J.S.: Italian Concerto/Four Duets/French Overture Decca 448908 Own
1996 Schubert, Franz: The Piano Sonatas Decca 448390 Own
7 CDs
1996 Bach, J. S.: Concertók 1 és 2 zongorára - I. album
(Bach, J. S .: Concertos For 1 & 2 Pianos, Vol.1)
Hungaroton HCD 12926 Own
Recorded in 1974-75
1996 Bach, J.S.: The Solo Keyboard Works Decca 452279 Own
12 CDs
1996 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola in E flat/Trio for Piano, Violin & Cello No 4 in E K542 and No 3 in B flat K502 Teldec 4509-99205-2 Own
1996 Brahms, Johannes: Ein Deutsches Requiem/Vier Ernste Gesange Decca 452344 Own
2 CDs
1997 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concertos 1-5, Sonata No 23 in F minor Op 57 Teldec 0630-13159-2 Own
1997 Bach, J.S.: Concertok 1, 2 és 3 zongorára - II. album
(Bach, J.S.: Piano Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 31695 Own
1997 Schubert, Franz: Complete Secular Choral Works Teldec 4509-94546-2 7 CDs
1997 Schubert, Franz: Piano Trios Teldec 0630-13151-2 Own
2 CDs
1998 Schumann, Robert: Kreisleriana Op 16/Gesange der Fruhe Op 133/Nachtstucke Op 23/Variations on a Theme in E flat Teldec 0630-14566-2 Own
1998 András Schiff - Peter Serkin: Music for Two Pianos ECM Records ECM 1676 Own
2 CDs
1998 Schubert, Franz: Impromptus/Moments Musicaux Decca 458139 Own
2 CDs
1998 Veress Sándor: Zongoraverseny/Hommage á Paul Klee/Hat csárdás
(Veress, Sándor: Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion/Hommage a Paul Klee)
Teldec 0630-19992-2 Own
1999 Haydn, Joseph: Sonatas Teldec 0630-17141-2 Own
1999 Dvořák, Antonín: Piano Quartet in Eb Op 87/Piano Quintet in A Op 81 Teldec 0630-17142-2 Own
1999 Smetana: Polkas Teldec 3984-21261-2 Own
1999 Schubert, Franz: Trout Quintet/6 Moments musicaux Decca 458608 Own
1999 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2/Songs without words Decca 466425 Own
2000 Népszerű indulók
(Famous Marches)
Hungaroton HRC 1055 Echo Collection
2000 Schiff András - In Concert Robert Schumann ECM Records ECM 1806 Own
2 CDs
2001 András Schiff - Leos Janacek: A Recollection ECM Records ECM 1736 Own
2001 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.246, K.365, K.242
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Contertos K.246, K.365, K.242)
Hungaroton HCD 32046
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Zongoraművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Pianists)
Hungaroton HCD 32088-90 3 CDs
2003 Mozart Edition Vol 4 - Piano Concertos Brillant Classics 99720
2003 Bach, J.S.: Goldberg Variations ECM Records ECM 1852 Own
2003 Juliane Banse - András Schiff: Songs of Debussy and Mozart ECM Records ECM 1772 Own
2003 Beethoven, Ludvig van: Complete Music for Piano and Violoncello ECM Records ECM 1819/20 Own
2 CDs
2003 Bartók Béla: Zongoraversenyek I-III.
(Bartók, Béla: The Piano Concertos No. 1-3)
Warner 0927-46735-2 Own
2004 András Schiff Artist Portrait Warner 2564-61588-2 Own
2004 Masters Of The Keyboard Deutsche Grammophon 000193202
2004 Best of Dvorak Warner 2564-61531-2 2 CDs
2005 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Warner 2564-61919-2 9CDs + bonus DVD
2005 Schumann, Robert: Liederkreis - Dichterliebe ORFEO Music Foundation C658051B
2009 Schuman, Robert: Piano Duos (Complete) Vox Box CD3X-3001 3 CDs
2012 Schubert, Franz: Die Schöne Müllerin Arthaus Musik 107269
2012 Schubert, Franz: Winterreise - Die Schöne Müllerin Arthaus Musik 107523 2 DVDs
2016 Sass Sylvia: Jubileumi kiadás
(Sylvia Sass: Anniversary Edition)
Hungaroton HCD 32788–89 2 CDs
2016 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No.1 - Schubert, Franz: Symphony No.5 - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concerto No.22 C Major 736604 Blu-ray
2016 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No.1 - Schubert, Franz: Symphony No.5 - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concerto No.22 C Major 736508 DVD
2019 The Masters Collection: Zoltán Kocsis Hungaroton HCD 32840-42 3 CDs
2021 Beethoven - The Essential Classics of the Great German Composer Hungaroton HCD 32857