Awarded Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, Hungarian-born Sir András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer. His book, Musik kommt aus der Stille, essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published in March 2017. His piano performances continually awe and inspire: “He found song where others find formula; he conveyed song where others play scales,” The Los Angeles Times raves. The San Jose Mercury declared that “Among current piano titans, András Schiff is the Zen master. He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake; taken together, those qualities add up to an unbreakable focus. He is tireless and seemingly infallible, and his playing is window-clear. Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water.” And we love this: “...the critic can only throw up his hands, wish you had been there, and quote Ira Gershwin’s endearing tombstone inscription: 'Words Fail Me.'” (The New York Times)
This concert is part of The Royal Conservatory’s two-season Beethoven 250 Festival.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat Major, op. 26
Robert Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp Minor, op. 11
Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, op. 17
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
Please join us at 7pm for a Prelude Recital with students from the Glenn Gould School
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