András Schiff

Biography

Born: December 21, 1953; Hungary  
András Schiff emerged in the last decades of the twentieth century as one of the most respected pianists of his generation. After studies with Elisabeth Vadasz, Schiff made his debut at the age of nine. At 14 Schiff began formal studies at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he studied with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtag, and Ferenc Rados; later, he studied with British conductor and keyboard player George Malcolm in London.
Schiff came
Read more to international prominence as a prizewinner in the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow; over the next few years, he also took top honors at the Leeds and Liszt Competitions, launching him on a successful concert and recording career. After a series of recordings for the Hungarian label Hungaroton, Schiff made a recording -- as an accompanist for Hungarian soprano Sylvia Sass -- for Decca. That recording's producer, Christopher Raeburn, was so impressed by Schiff's musicianship that he engaged the pianist for a project to record the Mozart piano sonatas then missing from Decca's catalogue. The results were so outstanding that Decca continued the series until Schiff produced the label's first integral set of Mozart sonatas. As a Decca/London artist, Schiff also recorded the complete Mozart piano concertos, much of the composer's chamber music, and many of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach. The last are a cornerstone of Schiffšs recorded repertory; they are uniformly excellent and especially notable for their clean delineation of Bach's contrapuntal textures. In tandem with his work in the studio, Schiff has pursued a concert career that includes appearances with the world's major orchestras and conductors. On the recital stage, he has successfully collaborated with such notables as Gidon Kremer, Yuuko Shiokawa (who became his wife), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heinz Holliger, Peter Serkin, Peter Schreier, Robert Holl, and Cecilia Bartoli. In the late 1990s, he added conducting to his list of talents, frequently conducting from the keyboard in concerto concerts. In order to perform all of Mozart's piano concertos in Salzburg over a period of seven years, he formed his own ensemble, Cappella Andrea Barca, in 1999.
Schiff's playing has been singled out for its complete technical fluency and intelligent musicality; in addition to the composers mentioned above, he is especially well known for his performances of Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók, Debussy, and Ravel. Among his post-competition honors are a Grammy Award (1989) and Hungary's highest artistic distinction, the Kossuth Prize (1996). In the 1990s he became a Teldec Artist; his recordings for the label include works by Handel, Brahms, Reger, Haydn, and Hungarian composer Sándor Veress. After leaving Teldec he joined ECM, for whom he has made several recordings of Beethoven sonatas. Read less
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Etc., Piano Quintet / Schiff, Kocsis, Takacs Quartet
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2066828   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Schiff
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107269   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Winterreise, Die schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Brendel, Schiff
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107523   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 1.
    Bartok: Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459502 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Erich Binder,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Viktoria Mullova,  Gil Shaham  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Lehel,  Iván Fischer,  Antal Doráti,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach Adagio [2015]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002415902 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  János Starker,  András Schiff,  Janine Jansen,  Albrecht Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Ottavio Dantone,  Riccardo Chailly,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Concert,  Academia Bizantina  ... 
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    Brahms: Die Schone Magelone / Schreier, Schiff
    Label: Belvedere   Catalog: 8001 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  András Schiff,  Gert Westphal
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  • 5.
    Franz Schubert / Andras Schiff
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002314002 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andras Schiff
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  • 6.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Andras Schiff Plays Chopin - 24 Preludes & Schiff on Chopin
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4881 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  András Schiff
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  • 9.
    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Andras Schiff
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001904402 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  András Schiff
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    Mozart: Concertos For 2 & 3 Pianos, Concert Rondos / Kocsis, Ranki, Schiff
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94499 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dezsö Ránki,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Ferenc Rados,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert: Winterreise, Die schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Brendel, Schiff
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107523 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Alfred Brendel,  András Schiff
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    Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin / Fischer-Dieskau, Schiff
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107269 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  András Schiff
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  • 13.
    Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II / Andras Schiff
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001733702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff
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    Schumann: Kinderszenen, Etc., Piano Quintet / Schiff, Kocsis, Takacs Quartet
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066828 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Zoltán Kocsis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
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  • 15.
    Andras Schiff Plays Bach
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066768 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff
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    Schubert II / Andras Schiff
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066808 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  András Schiff
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  • 17.
    Schiff Plays Schubert I / Schiff, Shiokawa, Perenyi
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066798 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Yuko Shiokawa,  András Schiff,  Miklós Perényi
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  • 18.
    Schumann: Complete Works For Piano 4-hands / Frankl, Schiff
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3001 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Anthony Halstead,  Olga Hegedus,  Peter Frankl  ... 
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  • 19.
    The Decca Sound - Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 20.
    Schubert: Piano Sonatas, Impromptus / Andras Schiff [9-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001605402 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  András Schiff
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  • 21.
    Schumann: Geistervariationen 	 / Andras Schiff
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001611502 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  András Schiff
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  • 22.
    Variations Featuring Barenboim Bronfman & Schiff
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066468 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Daniel Barenboim,  Yefim Bronfman
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  • 23.
    Andras Schiff Plays Bach
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058138 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff
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  • 24.
    Andras Schiff Plays Bach [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058134 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff
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  • 25.
    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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