Zina Schiff

Biography

Unlikely as it might seem, relatively few of Jascha Heifetz's students ever found their way to the mainstream concert pool; there are some real gems among these former students, though, and virtuoso Zina Schiff is one of them. Schiff studied with the great master in the late '60s before moving on to studies with the famed pedagogue Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music. Later, she took a master's degree in liberal arts from Louisiana Read more State University. Schiff first came to national attention when she was featured as a soloist on Maurice Jarre's soundtrack to the 1968 film The Fixers (MGM, starring Alan Bates) -- the first, but not the last, time she would put her name on a project exploring Jewish themes. As an undergraduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, Schiff was featured in a Glamour magazine article about "College Winners."

Schiff's name has never been a household one, and she has made only about ten compact disc recordings. But her sweet tone and vigorous interpretations have been welcome wherever she has traveled -- from the Newport, RI, festival to PBS broadcasts from New York and Boston -- and she has been the recipient of a San Francisco Symphony Foundation Award and a grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music. She has recorded a diverse repertoire for the Stradivari, 4-Tay, and Naxos labels; among them are a 1996 disc of Jewish music, titled King David's Lyre: A Celebration of Jerusalem 3000, and Here's One, a 1997 volume of Americana. Like Heifetz, Schiff has made her home in California. Read less
Browse 1-11 of 11 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Zeisl, Copland: Violin Sonatas
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1493 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Zeisl,  Aaron Copland,  Ernest Bloch,  Robert Dauber
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Cameron Grant
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    Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Barber: Violin Concerto; Ben-haim; Three Songs Without Words
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1459 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Samuel Barber,  Paul Ben-Haim
    Performer:  Zina Schiff
    Conductor:  Avlana Eisenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  MAV Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Zina Schiff,  Cameron Grant
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1339 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Grant Cameron
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    Here's One
    Label: Four-tay   Catalog: 4005 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Florence Beatrice Price,  Aaron Copland,  Henry Cowell,  Lee Hoiby  ... 
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Cameron Grant
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    The Golden Dove / Schiff, Grant
    Label: Four-tay   Catalog: 4022 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Cameron Grant
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    Hush: Nesia / Schiff, Ingolfsson, Ingolfsson-Fassbind, Voronyansky
    Label: Lma Recordings   Catalog: 3071 Release Date: 09/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Hush
    Performer:  Mirjam Ingolfsson,  Zina Schiff,  Victoria Voronyansky,  Ursula Ingolfsson-fassbind
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    Bloch: Violin Concerto / Schiff, Serebrier, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557757 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch
    Performer:  Zina Schiff
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 8.
    American Classics - Burleigh: Music For Violin And Piano
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559061 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cecil Burleigh
    Performer:  Cherina Carmel,  Zina Schiff,  Mary Barranger
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    Label: Stradivari   Catalog: 9017 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ljiljan Molnar-Talajic,  Valery Lloyd-Watts,  Leonidas Kavakos,  Zina Schiff
    Conductor:  Niksa Bareza,  Marko Munih,  Nada Matosevic,  Anton Nanut  ... 
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    Vivaldi In Venice
    Label: Stradivari   Catalog: 9012 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Zina Schiff
    Conductor:  Dalia Atlas,  Nada Matosevic,  Barry Faldner
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    25 Romantic Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8806 Release Date: 01/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Wellbaum,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ernst Mühlbacher,  Frank Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Carl Michalski,  Anton Nanut,  Franz Bauer-Theussl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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