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Sir András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953 and began piano lessons with Elisabeth Vadász at the age of five, later continuing his studies with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados in his native city and with George Malcolm in London. The focus of his artistic work is on the keyboard compositions of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók. Since 2004, Schiff has performed complete cycles of the 32 piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven in more than 20 cities and has recorded the entire set. He appears regularly with the leading international orchestras and conductors, with a special focus on performing the piano concertos of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart as both soloist and conductor. It was for this purpose that he founded the Cappella Andrea Barca in 1999, and he also collaborates closely with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Schiff has moreover been a passionate chamber musician since childhood. He led the Mondsee Music Festival from 1989 to 1998 and the Ittingen Whitsun Concerts from 1995 to 2013 (together with Heinz Holliger); since 1998, he has helmed the Omaggio a Palladio concert series in Vicenza. He additionally teaches at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. Sir András Schiff is a recipient of the Robert Schumann Prize (2011), the Golden Mozart Medal (2012), and the Gold Medal of the London Royal Philharmonic Society (2013). In June 2014, he was bestowed a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles, in his capacity as President of the Royal College of Music, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2018. His book Musik kommt aus der Stille was published in 2017. Sir András Schiff has taken a stand against the alarming political development in Hungary. In response to abusive attacks by Hungarian nationalists, he has decided to give no more concerts in his native land.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 21 August 1990 in a recital of works by Janáček, Bartók, Schubert, and Haydn.