Heinrich Schiff


Born: 18 November 1951   Died: 23 December 2016   Country: Austria  
After building a career as one of the finest cellists to emerge in the last quarter of the twentieth century, Heinrich Schiff also has established himself as an important orchestra conductor. He began playing piano when he was six, and took up cello at the age of ten. His major teacher was André Navarra, with whom he shares the qualities of a lean, centered, yet singing tone and a lyrical approach to the instrument.

Read more made his debut in Vienna in 1971 at the age of 20 and played with the major orchestras of Europe under such great conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sergiu Celibidache, Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Masur, Michael Gielen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and Claudio Abbado. He also appeared at the major festivals and concert venues of the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

Meanwhile, he continued in conducting studies with Hans Swarowsky, one of the great conducting teachers of the time.

In the 1980s he began recording extensively. His set of complete Bach Suites won many recording prizes, and his performance of both Shostakovich concertos, with the composer's son Maxim Shostakovich conducting, won the Grand Prix du Disque and was found by the Stevenson Classical CD Guide to be the single classical compact disc in its survey that received the largest number of rave reviews from the English-speaking world's music critics. He won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis for the Brahms Double Concerto, in which he partnered with Frank Peter Zimmermann. He has recorded virtually all the principal works of the standard repertory and other works such as those of Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Witold Lutoslawski. This reflects his interest in music of his own time: he has premiered works of Friedrich Cerha, Hans Werner Henze, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Ernst Krenek. He plays the famous "Mara" Stradivarius cello made in 1711.

He made his professional debut as a conductor in 1986. He has conducted several leading orchestras of the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (London), and the Dresden State Orchestra. He began conducting opera at the Theatre le Monnaie in Brussels with The Magic Flute in December, 1992, and Fidelio in September, 1993, and The Flying Dutchman in the Bern Stadttheater in 1994. He was the principal guest conductor of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie from 1990 through 1992 and was artistic director of the Northern Sinfonia (in England) in 1990 - 1996. He was principal conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic from 1996 to 1999.

In 1996 he was appointed principal conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and in 1998 became principal guest conductor of the South German Radio (SDR) Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. Read less
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    Shostakovich, Beethoven & Brahms: Cello Sonatas / Schiff, Zacharias
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 942171 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff,  Christian Zacharias
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    Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 4: 1958-2014
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19028 Release Date: 01/13/2017   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Besch,  Marianne Luxemburger,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Brigitte Messthaler  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: The Virtuoso & His Landmark Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555054 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Marcel Gazelle,  Ferguson Webster,  Artur Balsam  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  John Pritchard,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: String Quintet; String Quartet No. 12 / Schiff, Hagen Quartet
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002392202 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen Quartett
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    Sibelius Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362202 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Johanna Rusanen-Kartano,  Esa Ruuttunen,  Soile Isokoski,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Okko Kamu,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Helsinki Radio Symphony,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Gulda: Cello Concerto, Concerto For Myself / Schiff, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101675 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Gulda
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff,  Friedrich Gulda
    Conductor:  Friedrich Gulda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert: String Quintet
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 23079 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
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    Saint-Saens, Faure, Lalo: Cello Concertos / Schiff, Mackerras, New Philarmonia Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431166 Release Date: 03/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Fauré,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Recordings from the Archives
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55431 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Aribert Reimann,  Gerald Moore,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Zimmermann: Trumpet, Oboe & Cello Concertos / Gielen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434114 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernd Alois Zimmermann
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger,  Heinz Holliger,  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Healing: Music To Soothe The Mind And Body
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001294002 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Heinrich Schiff,  Samuel Sanders,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Richard Bonynge,  James Judd,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    100 Best Concertos
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Heinrich Schiff- Encore!
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420945 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Gabriel Fauré,  Darius Milhaud,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff,  Samuel Sanders
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    Strauss: Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegel, Etc / Masur, Schiff
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426262 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Beethoven, Brahms: Piano Trios / Previn, Mullova, Schiff
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442123 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  André Previn,  Viktoria Mullova,  Heinrich Schiff
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    Vivaldi: 5 Cello Concertos / Heinrich Schiff, Brown, ASMF
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 411126 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Elgar: Cello Concerto, Falstaff, Romance, Etc / Elder, Schiff, Et Al
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7505 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Graham Salvage,  Andrew Shore,  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Grosse Fuge; Schubert: String Quintet / Hagen Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439774 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
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    Rachmanonoff: Cello Sonata, Etc;  Dvorak, Sibelius / Schiff
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412732 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Heinrich Schiff
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto, Etc / Schiff, Haitink, Berlin Phil
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422414 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff,  Gerhard Oppitz
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Zender: Schumann-phantasie, Bardo 1/ Schiff
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93128 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Zender
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Ultimate Cello Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972402 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Samuel Sanders,  Heinrich Schiff,  John Birch  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Yan Pascal Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No 7, Symphonie-concerto /Schiff, Previn
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426306 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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