Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Jonathan Biss
BBT Award 2003

Jonathan Biss - Biography

Jonathan Biss received support from BBT between 2003 and 2008. This page was last updated May 2013.
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“Biss never does anything just for effect, and everything here had a point and musical purpose. He has few peers as a Schumann pianist today.” The Guardian, October 2012

Jonathan Biss is established at the highest level in the USA and in Europe both with orchestra and in recital and chamber music. He has performed in the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, twice opened the Master Piano Series at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and made a highly successful debut recital last season in the Berlin Philharmonic piano series. A frequent guest to Wigmore Hall and to the International Piano Series in London, his four-part Schumann series at Wigmore Hall this season will also be presented at Carnegie Hall, San Francisco and in Het Concertgebouw. Jonathan Biss released the first disc in his complete Beethoven Sonata cycle on Onyx Classics last season, with a second volume due for release in January 2013. He is the first musician to write a Kindle Single. After Beethoven’s Shadow in 2011, Jonathan Biss recently wrote a warm tribute to Robert Schumann: A Pianist under the Influence.  Previously recorded by EMI Classics his fine discography includes four award-winning recordings. Recent concerts include the Dresden Staatskapelle with Sir Colin Davis, a return to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati, and concerts with Ivan Fischer and the Konzerthaus Orchestra, Berlin.

I’ve never heard of an organisation like this one – whose stated goals are to help nurture the careers of young people in whatever ways they deem important – and I think their mission is a fantastic one. When you are young, you are sometimes pushed in many different directions, and having an organisation using its influence (and funds) to help you do what is important for YOU is an incredible thing. Also, for me, as an American, to have a European organisation helping me – monetarily and otherwise – is a huge boost, and opens many doors. Being chosen for an award is a great honour in any event, but in many ways competitions strike me as antithetical to the spirit of music. This is the best of both worlds – a wonderful panel of people makes the decisions, but no one suffers for it!

Photographs by Benjamin Ealovega