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“What András Schiff does between the notes…is music-making of the very highest order.” —The Independent (London)

As he brings his remarkable Bach Project to a close, pianist András Schiff presents an enlightening lecture-recital on Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Mr. Schiff explores Bach’s influence on Beethoven with analysis, passion and wit.

András Schiff, speaker and piano
A Night with András Schiff, Bach & Beethoven

With excerpts from works by both composers, including:
BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
BEETHOVEN: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120


BEETHOVEN: Theme from Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 performed by András Schiff
ECM Records
Visit for Mr. Schiff’s new release on ECM Records.

András Schiff plays Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903, in an excerpt from the concert-conversation “WQXR Presents András Schiff, Live in the Greenspace,” April 10, 2013, part of his Bach Project. To see the entire event, click here.

András Schiff discusses Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier with Stuart Isacoff at Lincoln Center, October 2012.

In 2007, András Schiff did a series of lecture-demonstrations on the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. The entire series was posted in audio on The Guardian’s website.

On the Blog

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Review of András Schiff’s new recording of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations on ECM in The Guardian by Andrew Clements, October 3, 2013—five stars.

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Complex Bach is Illuminated”—Review of András Schiff’s 92Y 2012/13 Opening Night Concert, performance of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, in The New York Times by Anthony Tommasini Oct 29, 2012. Here is an excerpt:

On Saturday it was as if Mr. Schiff were channeling Bach, not just performing him.

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From BBC Music:

An interview with James Naughtie, April 2012. Here is an excerpt:

…he is a deeply serious man without ever sounding dull or predictable. His commitment to the importance of music is absolute, and he proves it by thiking aloud the whole time, sounding as if he is reconsidering every statement, or trying out some new thought.

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Artist Bio

Born in Budapest, András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer. Indisputably one of the most prominent proponents of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach, Mr. Schiff has presented The Bach Project throughout North America with 25 concerts since last October. He now brings it to a close this fall with 13 recitals over 30 days. His recital repertoire is the complete Bach Partitas and the Goldberg Variations, and for his recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto and New York, he will pair Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. He will also play this monumental program in December at London’s Wigmore Hall to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Mr. Schiff has established a prolific discography and has been an exclusive artist for ECM New Series since 1997. His ECM recordings include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janácˇek, two solo discs of Schumann, his second recordings of the Bach Partitas and Goldberg Variations, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I and II, and now Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which was released last month. The Diabelli Variations was recorded on two instruments: a 1921 Bechstein and an original fortepiano from 1820 Vienna—the place and time of the composition.

Mr. Schiff has appeared with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, but now performs mainly as conductor and soloist. In 1999 he created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians and friends. He also works every year with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. From 2004 to 2007 he was artist in residence of Kunstfest Weimar. For the 2007–2008 season he was pianist in residence of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Since childhood Mr. Schiff has enjoyed playing chamber music. In 1995, with Heinz Holliger, he co-founded the chamber music festival Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte in Ittingen, Switzerland, and in 1998 he created the music festival “Homage to Palladio” at Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico, which was designed by Palladio.

In spring 2011, Mr. Schiff attracted attention because of his opposition to the latest Hungarian media law. In view of the ensuing attacks on him from some Hungarian Nationalists, he has made the decision not to perform or return to his home country.

András Schiff is an Honorary Professor of the Music Schools in Budapest, Detmold and Munich. He is a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

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