Special Concert with Artist-in-Residence Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff Piano & conductor

Joseph Haydn

  • Piano concerto D major Hob. XVIII:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Piano Concerto in d minor, K. 466

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

  • Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Opus 56 »Scottish«

Contrasts

»Music is music« says Capell-Virtuos András Schiff about his double role as conductor and soloist. While playing the piano, he views »the whole thing to be chamber music; and so you don’t actually have to conduct, just listen to one another carefully.« This sensitivity, this interplay between soloist and orchestra, was taken to new heights by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his Piano Concerto in D minor, a work full of sharp contrasts and transient moods. In terms of motivic development, Mozart seems to have been inspired by Haydn. Despite their dif­ference in age, the two composers enjoyed a friendship based on mutual admiration.

  • 06.02.2021
    19:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    13.00 – 82.00 €

Sir András Schiff

One of the great pianists of our time, Sir András Schiff has attracted particular acclaim and won many awards for his complete cycles of the piano works of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók. The native Hungarian is the Staatskapelle’s Capell-Virtuos for the 2020/2021 season.

Sir András Schiff performs with most of the world’s leading orchestras and conduc­tors. As conductor and soloist he frequently appears with his own chamber orchestra, the »Cappella Andrea Barca«, founded in 1999, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. His extraordinary reputation as an interpreter of Beethoven was recognized in June 2016 by his election as an honorary member of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. In addition, he has been

showered with awards, such as the Robert Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau in 2011, the Golden Mozart Medal in 2012 and the Gold Medal of London’s Royal Phil­harmonic Society in 2013. In June 2014, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. for his services to music. And in March 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his Royal Highness Prince Charles, President of the Royal College of Music.

Since his early youth, Schiff has been a passionate chamber musician. From 1989 to 1998 he directed the chamber music festival Musiktage Mondsee. Together with Heinz Hol­liger, he was Artistic Director of the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts until 2013.