The distinguished pianist and conductor Sir András Schiff has been appointed a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).
Crispin Woodhead, Chief Executive of the OAE, says: “The OAE discovered a special connection with Sir András Schiff in their approach to music when working together for the first time in 2013 on the Mozart piano concertos, and again in 2015 in a programme of Schumann and Mendelssohn. It felt right to cement our future with this extraordinary, virtuoso musician by inviting Sir András to become Principal Artist of the OAE, joining an impressive roster which includes Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and William Christie. Sir András is the first OAE Principal Artist to be an internationally acclaimed pianist as well as a conductor.”
Sir András Schiff says: “The OAE combines exemplary musicianship with a commitment to faithfully representing the composer’s intentions, style and spirit. These principles are important to me, and I’m delighted and honoured to accept a position with this wonderful orchestra.”
Sir András Schiff has worked with numerous international orchestras and conductors. In 1999 he created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca. Recitals and special cycles including the major keyboard works of JS Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Bartók form an important part of his activities.
Sir András has been awarded many international honours, including the Wigmore Hall Medal, the Schumann Prize; the Golden Mozart-Medaille by the Mozarteum and the Grosses Verdienstkreuz mit Stern in Germany, The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal and an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Leeds. In 2014 he was bestowed a Knighthood for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He has established a prolific discography and since 1997 has been an exclusive artist for ECM.
The OAE performs with Sir András Schiff in his new role as Principal Artist on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, followed by a performance at Cheltenham Town Hall on Sunday 8 July. His next engagement with the OAE will be at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 and 19 March 2019 in a programme of Brahms and Schumann.