Sir András Schiff & Cappella Andrea Barca

Date:2019-10-28      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Concert Hall

Dates: October 30- 31, 2019


October 30th
Ricercar a 6, from A Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, “Jupiter”
Piano Concerto No. 5 in in E-flat Major, Op. 73
October 31st
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58


Sir András Schiff Pianist

Born in Budapest in 1953, Sir András Schiff studied piano at the Liszt Ferenc Academy with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. Having collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, he now focuses primarily on solo recitals, play-directing and conducting.

Since 2004 Sir András has performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in over 20 cities, including Zurich where the cycle was recorded live for ECM. Other acclaimed recordings for the label include solo recitals of Schubert, Schumann and Janáček, alongside J.S. Bach’s Partitas, Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier.

In recent years his Bach has become an annual highlight of the BBC Proms. Elsewhere, he regularly performs at the Verbier, Salzburg and Baden-Baden festivals; the Wigmore Hall, Musikverein and Philharmonie de Paris; on tour in North America and Asia; and in Vicenza, Italy where he curates a festival at the Teatro Olimpico.

Vicenza is also home to Cappella Andrea Barca – a chamber orchestra consisting of international soloists, chamber musicians and friends he founded in 1999. Together they have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival and Salzburg Mozartwoche, while forthcoming projects include a tour of Asia and a cycle of Bach’s keyboard concertos in Europe.

Sir András also enjoys a close relationship with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment. In 2018 he accepted the role of Associate Artist with the OAE, complementing his interest in performing on period keyboard instruments.

He continues to support new talent, primarily through his “Building Bridges” series which gives performance opportunities to promising young artists. He also teaches at the Barenboim-Said and Kronberg academies and gives frequent lectures and masterclasses. In 2017 his book “Music Comes from Silence”, essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published by Bärenreiter and Henschel.

Sir András Schiff’s many honours include the International Mozarteum Foundation’s Golden Medal (2012), Germany’s Great Cross of Merit with Star (2012), the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal (2013), a Knighthood for Services to Music (2014) and a Doctorate from the Royal College of Music (2018).


Cappella Andrea Barca

The musicians of the Cappella Andrea Barca are primarily active as globally successful soloists and chamber musicians and are not tied to any orchestras. They were selected personally by Sir András Schiff for the performance of the complete Mozart Piano Concertos at the Mozartwoche Salzburg from 1999 to 2005. Since then, the Cappella Andrea Barca has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Mozartwochen.

Gradually, under the direction of Sir András Schiff, the orchestra widened their scope. Since 1999, they have organized the Omaggio a Palladio Festival at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, (in 2001 with Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte). The ensemble was also a guest at the Kunstfest Weimar in the years 2004-2007. In addition, they have toured numerous European cities such as Vienna, Innsbruck, Zurich, Basel, Geneva, Athens, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cologne, Essen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Bremen, Baden-Baden, Budapest and Lisbon. Two tours in the Mozart Year 2006 led Andrea Barca to the USA (New York's Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Kennedy Center, Washington). The orchestra performed at important festivals like Beethovenfest Bonn (2008 and 2010), Lucerne Festival (2006, 2012 with Bach’s B-flat Minor Mass and 2014 with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (with Balthasar Neumann Chorus) and Schubertiade Schwarzenberg (2014 and 2015), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Rheingau Music Festival in 2016. In 2017 it was guest at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival.

Sir András Schiff's ambition is to present Cappella Andrea Barca in a way that allows the ensemble to prove themselves in soloist and chamber music formations, which is something that most established orchestras will struggle to achieve. "What I work with as a conductor is an extension of chamber music; the Cappella is a chamber music ensemble of excellent soloists, but above all chamber musicians. There are many string quartet players in this orchestra, and playing the string quartet is the pinnacle of making music." Moreover, Sir András Schiff considers the human and personal component equally important: “There is no place for the egotist. This ensemble is based on friendship, understanding, equality and equal ideals - aesthetic, musical and human."