Sir András Schiff, conductor/piano
Johann Sebastian Bach – Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Béla Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
One of the greatest artists of our time, beloved to Seattle audiences for his soulful recitals, returns to make his debut in front of the orchestra. Leading from the keyboard, Sir András Schiff seeks the most honest and personal path through Beethoven’s soul-searching Piano Concerto No. 4. There may be no musician alive who digs deeper to discover the music at hand, as evidenced by his encyclopedic recordings of Beethoven’s concertos and sonatas. When Schiff plays Bach’s sparkling Piano Concerto No. 3, he draws on a routine that, for more than 50 years, has found him starting each day at the keyboard playing an hour or more of Bach. The Hungarian-born Schiff has always been a leading interpreter of his countryman Bartók; now he ascends from the keyboard to the conductor’s podium for the vibrant Concerto for Orchestra.