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Jonathan Biss

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Pianist Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned educator and critically acclaimed author who channels his deep musical curiosity into expansive performances and projects in the concert hall and beyond.

Praised as “a superb pianist and also an eloquent and insightful music writer” (The Boston Globe) with “impeccable taste and a formidable technique” (The New Yorker), Biss has appeared internationally as a soloist with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras as well as the London Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Philharmonia, and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, among many other ensembles. Biss is a teacher, musical thinker, and a performer whose repertoire ranges from the core canon to contemporary commissions. He is Co-Artistic Director alongside Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he has spent fifteen summers.


In the 2023-24 season, Biss, who has been heralded as “one of today's foremost Beethoven exponents” (Chicago Tribune), returns to perform his music with the Saint Louis Symphony and Stéphane Dénève, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Ramón Tebar, and to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Seguin in a concert dedicated to the late Rafael Viñoly. Throughout the season, Biss will present a new project that pairs solo piano works by Schubert with new compositions by Alvin Singleton, Tyson Gholston Davis, and Tyshawn Sorey at San Francisco Performances, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, the Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts, among many others. Biss continues his long-standing collaboration with Mitsuko Uchida with concerts featuring Schubert’s music for piano 4-hands at Carnegie Hall, Princeton University Concerts, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. He will also appear with the Brentano Quartet at Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City, Chamber Music Detroit, Club Musical de Québec, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

European engagements for the 2023-24 season include a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of conductor Karina Canellakis and a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1. With the BBC National Orchestra and conductor Ryan Bancroft. Biss also reunites with the Elias String Quartet for performances at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Cockermouth Music Society, and Wigmore Hall. In the new year, Biss will perform works by György Kurtág and Schubert at the Sala Verdi in Milan. He concludes his European season with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and conductor Pekka Kuusisto with a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Timo Andres’ The Blind Banister, part of his ongoing Beethoven/5 commissioning project, in association with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, which paired each Beethoven concerto with a new concerto composed in response. The project has commissioned a number of today’s leading composers, including Brett Dean, Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, Sally Beamish, and Salvatore Sciarrino's Il Sogno di Stradella paired with the fourth. Prior to the Beethoven/5 project, Biss commissioned works by David Ludwig, Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan, and Bernard Rands.

Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020, Biss recorded the composer’s complete piano sonatas, and offered insights to all 32-landmark works via his free, online Coursera lecture series Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. In March 2020, Biss gave a virtual recital presented by 92NY, wherein he performed Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas for an online audience of more than 280,000 people. That year, Biss released his fourth book, UNQUIET: My Life with Beethoven (2020), the first Audible Original by a classical musician and one of Audible’s top audiobooks of 2020.

Biss is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Leonard Bernstein Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and a Gilmore Young Artist Award. His albums for EMI won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année and Edison awards. He was an artist-in-residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and was the first American chosen to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist program. He is also on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Biss is a third-generation professional musician; his grandmother is Raya Garbousova, one of the first famous female cellists (for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto), and his parents are violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Growing up surrounded by music, Biss began his piano studies at age six, with his first musical collaborations alongside his mother and father. He studied with Evelyne Brancart at Indiana University and Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Jonathan Biss

Pianist Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned educator and critically acclaimed author who channels his deep musical curiosity into expansive performances and projects in the concert hall and beyond.

Praised as “a superb…

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The next dates:

30.05.2024

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique

Paris

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General Management:

Naomi Ives

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North America:

Ann SunHyung Kim

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Germany, Austria and Switzerland:

Fiona Csauth

+49 175 9050 364

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Artist Coordination:

Fiona Phillips

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Discography.

Beethoven

The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 3

09.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

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Beethoven

The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1

09.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2

09.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

The Complete Piano Sonatas Boxset

03.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas, Vol. 7

03.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6

03.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5

03.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4

03.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas, Vol. 8

03.2020, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas vol.9

11.2019, Orchid Classics, CD

> Amazon > iTunes

Beethoven

Piano Sonatas Volume 4 Nos. 1, 6, 19, & 23 (Appassionata)

01.2015, Meyer Media, CD

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News.

Jonathan Biss album release of the Volume I Beethoven/5 Commissioning Project

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Steven Banks, Jonathan Biss, Jessica Cottis and Hilary Hahn join KD SCHMID for worldwide management

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Press.

„Without a shadow of doubt, Biss is a wonderful, charismatic and enterprising pianist who channels his deep musical curiosity into performances and projects in the concert hall and beyond.“

Planet Hugill, Tony Cooper, 27.06.2023

„Biss answered Beethoven’s summons to be fully present for the sweetness and pain, the weirdness and wonder of a sonata cycle that keeps on spinning out new ways of apprehending it.“

Classical Voice, Steven Winn, 17.12.2019