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Jonathan Biss

American pianist Jonathan Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances and for his award-winning recordings. He performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to Janácek and Schoenberg, as well as works by contemporary composers.

He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, and since then has appeared with the foremost orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  He is a frequent performer at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both at home and abroad.

In January 2012, Onyx Classics released the first CD in a nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete sonatas. Previous recordings include an album of Schubert sonatas and four acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics, including an all-Schumann recital album which won a Diapason d’Or de l’année award.

Jonathan Biss represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians that includes his grandmother Raya Garbousova, one of the first well-known female cellists, and his parents, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Leon Fleisher.  In 2010 Mr. Biss was appointed to the piano faculty of The Curtis Institute.

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