Jonathan Biss’s approach to music is a holistic one. As well as being one of the world’s most sought-after pianists, he is co-Artistic Director of Marlboro Music, a renowned teacher, writer and musical thinker.
One of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time, in 2011 Biss embarked on a nine-year, nine-disc project to record the complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. He also initiated Beethoven/5, commissioning five piano concertos as companion works for each of Beethoven’s from composers Timo Andres, Sally Beamish, Salvatore Sciarrino, Caroline Shaw and Brett Dean. The whole 19/20 season is entirely focused on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas with more than 50 recitals worldwide.
Biss is no stranger to the world’s great stages. He has performed with major orchestras across the US and Europe, including New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Concertgebouw. He has appeared at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, has made several appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall, and is in demand as a chamber musician.
He was the first American to be named a BBC New Generation Artist, and has been recognised with many other awards including the Leonard Bernstein Award presented at the 2005 Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Wolf Trap’s Shouse Debut Artist Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award.