Five years ago, András Schiff performed a two-year, eight-concert cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in Ann Arbor. Now he returns with another pinnacle of the piano repertoire: Bach’s Goldberg Variations. “There is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music than András Schiff playing Bach.” (The New York Times)
||Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
||Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120
Encore: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32, Op. 111, “Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile.”
Program Book [PDF]
As Mr. Schiff will be starting his program with the complete, continuous, 75-minute long Goldberg Variations, there will be no late seating until intermission. Because we anticipate that arriving to Hill Auditorium late and missing the entire work may be very disappointing, we are making extra efforts to ensure our audience for this concert is aware of the policy.
András Schiff website
András Schiff is a world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue and lecturer.
He has been awarded numerous prizes, the most recent being the Golden Mozart-Medaille by the International Stiftung Mozarteum. In 2006 he became an Honorary Member of the Beethoven House in Bonn in recognition of his interpretations of Beethoven’s works. Other recent awards include, in 2007 the renowned Italian prize, the “Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati” awarded for his Beethoven piano sonata cycle; in 2008 the Wigmore Hall Medal in appreciation of 30 years of music-making at Wigmore Hall; in 2009 the Klavier-Festival Ruhr Prize for outstanding pianistic achievements and to honor a lifetime’s work as a pianist; in 2011 the Schumann Prize awarded by the city of Zwickau.
He is also an Honorary Professor by the Music Schools in Budapest, Detmold and Munich, and a Special Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol College (Oxford, UK).
This concert marks Mr. Schiff’s 11th appearance under UMS auspices. He made his UMS debut in a performance of the Beethoven Sonata Cycle with the Budapest Festival Orchestra on October 1998.