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Jonathan Biss

Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies

Jonathan BissJonathan Biss has appeared as soloist with the foremost orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, and NHK Symphony and has given recitals in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Berliner Philharmonie.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mr. Biss has collaborated with many of today's finest players such as Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Midori, Mark Padmore, the Elias String Quartet, and Miriam Fried. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Leonard Bernstein Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Mr. Biss is recording the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas for Onyx Classicsand previously made four CDs for EMI Classics, as well as one for Wigmore Hall Live. He is also a prolific writer and is the first classical musician to publish two Kindle Singles, A Pianist Under the Influence and Beethoven’s Shadow.

He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Biss joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011, where he holds the Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies.

In 2013, Mr. Biss taught the Curtis-Coursera course Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas which was the first of its kind collaboration with a classical musician and had an enrollment of over 35,000 students.


Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
With the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, October 12, 2011


Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
In recital with Curtis students, August 16, 2011

From Student to Teacher: Jonathan Biss joins the Curtis piano faculty
Jonathan Biss discusses the influence Curtis had on his growth as a musician

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