Sir András Schiff is world-renowned as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. Born in Budapest, he studied at the Liszt Academy with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm. Recitals and special cycles, including the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Bartók, form an important part of his activities. Since 2004 he has performed complete cycles of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas in 20 cities. He has worked with most of the major international orchestras and conductors, but nowadays mostly play-directs. In 1999 he founded his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca. His many recordings include the complete solo piano music of Beethoven and Janáček, and Bach’s Partitas, Goldberg Variations and Well-Tempered Clavier. He was recently awarded the International Classical Music Award for best “Solo Instrumental Recording of the Year” for the second time. In 2014 Sir András Schiff was bestowed a Knighthood for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.