Jonathan Biss

Biography

Born: September 18, 1980; Bloomington, IN  
American pianist Jonathan Biss launched his career in the late '90s, appearances as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and several other prominent national ensembles. He achieved career-boosting triumphs with his New York appearances in 2000: that year he debuted as soloist with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall and also gave his recital debut at Tisch Center at the 92nd Street Y, his pianism drawing enthusiastic Read more critical response at both venues. While he has generally favored standard-repertory works, he has ventured onto contemporary turf with compositions by John Corigliano, Leon Kirchner, and others.

Biss was born on September 18, 1980, in Bloomington, IN. Ironically, he comes from a distinguished family of string players: his grandmother was Raya Garbousova, the cellist who inspired Samuel Barber to compose his Cello Concerto; his mother is the well-known violinist Miriam Fried and his father the violinist/violist Paul Biss. Young Jonathan took his first piano lessons at the age of 6 from teacher Karen Taylor.

At 11 he began studies at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart, and then three years later (1994) won the concerto competitions held by the Indianapolis and Bloomington symphony orchestras, two ensembles with whom Biss then appeared in performances of the Mendelssohn G minor Piano Concerto.

In 1997 Biss concluded his instruction with Brancart and began studying with Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Biss appeared that same year at Wolf Trap with Isaac Stern and there accepted the Shouse Debut Artist Award from him. The following year Biss began appearing as soloist with several of the more important American orchestras, including the Baltimore and Seattle symphony orchestras, and the Buffalo and Rochester philharmonic orchestras.

In 1999 Biss was presented with an Avery Fisher career grant, and after the aforementioned triumphs in 2000, he was invited to return to New York for further engagements at prominent concert venues, including with the New York Philharmonic. Over the next few years he appeared with most of the leading American orchestras, including those in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco, and also played with numerous orchestras abroad, including the Staatskapelle Berlin (under Daniel Barenboim) and the Essen Philharmonic. Biss' first recording was released in 2005 on EMI and included works by Beethoven and Schumann. Read less
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Biography

Born: September 18, 1980; Bloomington, IN  
American pianist Jonathan Biss launched his career in the late '90s, appearances as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and several other prominent national ensembles. He achieved career-boosting triumphs with his New York appearances in 2000: that year he debuted as soloist with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall and also gave his recital debut at Tisch Center at the 92nd Street Y, his pianism drawing enthusiastic Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo - Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio grazioso
III. Rondo - Allegretto ? Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione - Adagio molto
III. Rondo - Allegretto moderato ? Prestissimo
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: III. Allegro vivace assai
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K482: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K482: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K482: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique": I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique": II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique": III. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale": I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale": II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale": III Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale": IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor Op. 90: I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor Op. 90: II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
Piano Sonata No.30 in E major Op.109: I. Vivace - Adagio espressivo
Piano Sonata No.30 in E major Op.109: II. Prestissimo
Piano Sonata No.30 in E major Op.109: III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Adagio molto cantabile ed espressivo) - Variazioni 1-6
Fantasie in C Op. 17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Fantasie in C Op. 17: II. Mässig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer
Fantasie in C Op. 17: III. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter - Adagio
Kreisleriana Op.16: I. Äußerst bewegt
Kreisleriana Op.16: II. Seht innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Erstes Tempo - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Langsammer (Erstes Tempo)
Kreisleriana Op.16: III. Sehr aufgeregt - Etwas langsamer - Erstes Tempo
Kreisleriana Op.16: IV. Sehr langsam - Bewegter - Erstes Tempo
Kreisleriana Op.16: V. Sehr lebhaft
Kreisleriana Op.16: VI. Sehr langsam - Etwas bewegter - Erstes Tempo
Kreisleriana Op.16: VII. Sehr rasch - Noch schneller - Etwas langsamer
Kreisleriana Op.16: VIII. Schnell und spielend
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: I Lebhaft
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: II Innig
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: III Mit Humor
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: IV Ungeduldig
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: V Einfach
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: VI Sehr rasch
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: VII Nicht schnell
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: VIII Frisch
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: IX Lebhaft
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: X Balladenmässig
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XI Einfach
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XII Mit Humor
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XIII Wild und lustig
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XIV Zart und singend
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XV Frisch
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XVI Mit guten Humor
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XVII Wie aus die Ferne
Davidsbündlerltänze Op.6: XVIII Nicht schnell
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 "Appassionata": I. Allegro assai
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 "Appassionata": II. Andante con moto
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 "Appassionata": III. Allegro, ma non troppo