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, Schiff, Andras

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Budapest, 1953. András Schiff was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953. He began piano lessons at the age of five with Elisabeth Vadasz and continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Professor Pal Kadosa, Gyorgy Kurtag, and Ferenec Rados. He also worked with George Malcolm in London. From 1989 to 1998 Mr. Schiff was founder and artistic director of Musiktage Mondsee, an annual chamber music festival near Salzburg. He is presently joint artistic director of the Festival of Ittingen, a chamber music festival he founded in Switzerland with Heinz Holliger in 1995. Mr. Schiff is also artistic director of a series titled Hommage to Palladio, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. Between 1999 and 2005, Mr. Schiff performs all of Mozart's piano concertos at the Mozartwoche of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg; he has created his own ensemble, the Cappella Andrea Barca, for this project. With this orchestra and others, special projects take him to all of the international music capitals and include cycles of the major Vienna composers. For the Bach celebrations in 2000, he gave many Bach recitals and conducted Bach's St. Matthew Passion and other compositions. In 2001 he directed concert performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in Vicenza and at the Edinburgh Festival and Le nozze di Figaro in 2004,as well as the complete Beethoven's piano sonatas. Among other honors, Mr. Schiff was rewarded the Bartbk Prize in 1991 and the Claudio Arrau Memorial medal from the Robert Schumann Society in Dusseldorf in 1994. In March 1996, Mr. Schiff received the highest Hungarian distinction, the Kossuth Prize, and in May 1997, he received the Leonie Sonnings Music Prize in Copenhagen.

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