Thursday, April 1, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
$10 individual tickets
Free for Virginia Tech students
Included with Spring Fan(fare) Pass
A recording will remain available to ticket holders for seven days following the live event.
“…so successful was the evening that the critic can only throw up his hands, wish you had been there, and quote Ira Gershwin’s endearing tombstone inscription: ‘Words Fail Me’.” —The New York Times
Sir András Schiff is not only one of music’s most revered pianists, he’s one of its greatest interpreters and your guide for a journey through remarkable sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann. Get up close with the musical master and see him play every note in this superb multi-camera stream recently recorded in front of a live audience in St. Peter's Church in Zurich, Switzerland.
The evening recital will include Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903, and Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother, BWV 992; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 17 in D minor, op. 31 no. 2, Tempest, and Piano Sonata no. 26 in E-flat major, op. 81a, Les Adieux; and Schumann’s Arabeske in C major, op. 18.
In addition to performing worldwide, the Budapest-born Schiff has been awarded numerous international prizes and praise, including a knighthood for services to music and critical acclaim for his recordings. With Schiff, “a master of nuance and musical wisdom” (The Seattle Times), tragedy and joy live side-by-side, and virtuosity reigns supreme.
A world-renowned pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, music critics and audiences alike continue to be inspired by the masterful and intellectual approach he brings to each masterpiece he performs. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953, Schiff studied piano at the Liszt Ferenc Academy with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados; and in London with George Malcom.
Recitals and special cycles, including the complete works of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartók, constitute an important component of his work. Having collaborated with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, he now focuses primarily on solo recitals, play-conducting appearances, and exclusive conducting projects.
During his fall 2019 tour of North America, Schiff conducted and played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, pairing concerti by Bach, Beethoven, and Haydn with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Bartok's Dance Suite. He was joined by violinist Yuuko Shiokawa for an all-Mozart program opening New York's 92nd Street Y season.
Vicenza is home to Cappella Andrea Barca—his own chamber orchestra consisting of international soloists, chamber musicians, and friends founded in 1999. Together they have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival, and the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Forthcoming projects include a tour of Asia and a cycle of Bach's keyboard concertos in Europe.
Schiff enjoys close relationships with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In 2018 he accepted the role of associate artist with the OAE, complementing his interest in performing on period keyboard instruments.
He has established a prolific discography and since 1997 has been an exclusive artist for ECM New Series and its producer, Manfred Eicher. Highlights have included the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas recorded live in Zurich; solo recitals of Schubert, Schumann, and Janacek; as well as J.S. Bach's Partitas, Goldberg Variations, and Well-Tempered Clavier. His most recent two-disc set of Schubert Sonatas and Impromptus was released in spring of 2019.
He continues to support new talent, primarily through his "Building Bridges" series, which gives performance opportunities to promising young artists. He also teaches at the Barenboim-Said and Kronberg academies and gives frequent lectures and masterclasses. In 2017 his book Music Comes from Silence, a compilation of essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published by Barenreiter and Henschel.
Sir András Schiff's many honors include the international Mozarteum Foundation's Gold Medal (2012), Germany's Great Cross of Merit with Star (2012), the Royal Philharmonic Society's Gold Medal (2013), a Knighthood for Services to Music (2014), and a Doctorate from the Royal College of Music (2018).
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