Sir András Schiff, piano

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3pm

Pianist Sir András Schiff is known as one of the most renowned interpreters of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. A Hungarian-born British classical pianist and conductor, he started piano at the age of five and has since received numerous major awards and honors, including the Grammy Award, Gramophone Award, Mozart Medal, and Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. In 2014, Sir András was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. For his October 29 Schubert Club recital, he will perform a program featuring Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach on the Ordway Music Theater stage. This will be his first Schubert Club recital in over 20 years, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the Ordway stage. We advise you purchase your tickets early, as we expect this concert to sell out well in advance!

Sir András Schiff

Sir Andras SchiffSir András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953, he started piano lessons at age five with Elisabeth Vadász. He continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. 

The son of Holocaust survivors, this Hungarian-born, British-based virtuoso believes it is, “the responsibility of every politically informed artist to speak out against racial injustice and persecution.” Growing up in communist-occupied Budapest as a Jew, Schiff was exposed to political oppression and social discrimination at an early age, conditions which helped shape his musical career. Schiff found an oasis studying at the Budapest Academy, where music became a source of expression. He recalls that when the pianist Sviatoslav Richter came to play “the police had to be called in to exercise classical music crowd control.” In 2012, Schiff exiled himself from his native Hungary due to his views on the political climate. “I have been threatened,” Schiff later explained in an interview with the BBC, “if I return to Hungary, they will cut off both of my hands.” Still, the master pianist continues to play, using his music to inspire others to speak up against tyranny, valuing the “wonderful experience” of live performance for the audience and the artist.

“Together for those two hours,” Schiff says, “we can somehow change the world into a better place.”

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He is an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn in recognition of his interpretations of Beethoven’s works, has received the Wigmore Hall Medal in appreciation of 30 years of music-making at Wigmore Hall, the Schumann Prize awarded by the city of Zwickau, the Golden Mozart-Medaille by the International Stiftung Mozarteum, the Order pour le mérite for Sciences and Arts, the Grosse Verdienstkreuz mit Stern der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and was made a Member of Honour of Vienna Konzerthaus. He was given The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, has been made a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College (Oxford, UK), and received honorary degrees from Leeds University and Music Schools in Budapest, Detmold and Munich. In the spring of 2011 Sir András Schiff attracted attention because of his opposition to the alarming political developments in Hungary, and in view of the ensuing attacks on him from some Hungarian Nationalists decided not to perform again in his home country. In June 2014, he was awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2014 Birthday Honours.

 

Date & Venue

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3pm
Ordway Music Theater
Directions

Please join us one hour prior to the performance for a pre-concert talk.

Tickets

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Program

Mendelssohn – Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28
Beethoven – Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 78
Brahms – 8 Klavierstücke, Op. 76

INTERMISSION

Brahms – 7 Fantasien, Op. 116
J.S. Bach – English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV 811

Program may be subject to change. Concerts are estimated to be approximately 2 hours with one intermission.

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But so successful was the evening that the critic can only throw up his hands, which you had been there, and quote Ira Gershwin's endearing tombstone inscription: 'Words Fail Me.'

New York Times

Among current piano titans, András Schiff is the Zen master. He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake; taken together, those qualities add up to an unbreakable focus. He is tireless and seemingly infallible, and his playing is window-clear. Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water.”

San Jose Mercury

He found song where others find formula; he conveyed song where others play scales.

The Los Angeles Times

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