Jonathan Biss

Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies
Piano, Chamber Music

Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who continues to expand his reputation as a teacher and musical thinker. In 2013 he created the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 150,000 people in 185 countries; the most recent set of lectures was released in December 2018. A prolific writer, he is the author of a best-selling e-book, Beethoven’s Shadow (Rosetta Books, 2011).

Mr. Biss has appeared as soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Philharmonia, orchestras; the Boston, Chicago, Dallas, London, NHK, and Swedish Radio symphonies; and the Budapest Festival, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Concertgebouw, and Saint Paul Chamber orchestras. He 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 was named co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music Festival in 2018, alongside Mitsuko Uchida. He has collaborated with many of today’s finest players, such as Ms. Uchida, Richard Goode, Midori, Mark Padmore, the Elias String Quartet, and Miriam Fried.

Mr. Biss is currently recording the complete Beethoven piano sonatas for Onyx Classics, and previously made four CDs for EMI Classics, as well as one for Wigmore Hall Live. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Leonard Bernstein Award (2005), Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award.

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


From Overtones

Beethoven, Unlimited: Jonathan Biss contemplates how the Internet can open up classical music to a wider audience.