Andras Schiff

Andras Schiff

Outstanding classical pianist
Date of Birth: 21.12.1953
Country: Hungary

  1. Andras Schiff - The Outstanding Classical Pianist
  2. Biography

Andras Schiff - The Outstanding Classical Pianist

Andras Schiff is an exceptional classical pianist, widely recognized for his remarkable technique, purity of execution, and captivating musicality. He has received numerous international awards and accolades, including two Grammy Awards for "Best Classical Soloist" and "Best Vocal Recording."

Andras Schiff


Andras Schiff was born on December 21, 1953, in Budapest, Hungary. At the age of five, he began learning to play the piano and made his first public performance at the age of nine. At fourteen, he became the youngest student in the history of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He received guidance from renowned Hungarian composer and pianist Professor Pal Kadosa, composer Gyorgy Kurtag, and pianist Ferenc Rados.

Andras Schiff

In 1968, Schiff made his first television appearance, showcasing his exceptional musical talent to a wide audience. He graduated from the conservatory in 1975 and continued his studies under London-based pianist and conductor George Malcolm. His victories in prestigious international music competitions greatly contributed to his successful career and concert activities.

Andras Schiff

Andras Schiff has performed with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. However, he primarily focuses on giving solo concerts worldwide, including Russia, and also conducts orchestras. His repertoire is extensive, encompassing diverse composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Chopin, Scarlatti, Bartok, Schumann, Debussy, and Ravel.

Andras Schiff

In 2004, Schiff embarked on an extraordinary series of concerts, performing all 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven in 20 cities worldwide, following the chronological order of their composition. In 2005, a recording of these concerts was released, and in 2007-2008, he repeated the performance during his North American tour.

Since his childhood, Schiff has had a deep appreciation for chamber music. From 1989 to 1998, he served as the artistic director of an annual chamber music festival near Salzburg, Austria. In 1999, he founded his own chamber music orchestra, which consists of many of his friends and colleagues. Currently, he serves as the artistic director of a relatively young Swiss chamber music festival, established in 1995. In 1998, Schiff organized similar performances at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy, and in September 2004, he performed at the young German festival "Kunstfest Weimar."

In addition to his concert performances, Schiff has an impressive discography. He has received several notable awards and honors throughout his career, including the Second Prize at the Leventritt Competition in Chamber Music (1973), First Prize at the Hungarian Radio and Television Competition, Fourth Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition (1974), Laureate of the International Franz Liszt Competition (1975), and one of the winners of the International Leeds Piano Competition (1975).

In 1990, Schiff was awarded a Grammy for "Best Classical Soloist" for his recording of Bach's English Suites. In 1991, he received the Bartok Prize, and in 1994, he became the first pianist to receive the Claudio Arrau Medal from the Robert Schumann Society in Dusseldorf. In 1996, he was honored with the prestigious Hungarian Kossuth Prize for his outstanding contributions to culture and the arts. The following year, he was awarded the Leonie Sonning Prize, an international prize in academic music. In 2003, Schiff received the Bremen Music Festival Award, and in 2007, he was recognized by the Royal Academy of Music in London for his performance of Bach. He received his second Grammy Award in 2008 for "Best Vocal Recording" for his collaboration with opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier on Schubert's "Schwanengesang."

Andras Schiff holds the honorary professorship at several music educational institutions in Budapest, Detmold, Munich, and the Oxford Music College.