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Jonathan Biss

Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies

Jonathan BissJonathan Biss has appeared as soloist with the world's foremost orchestras--including the New York Philharmonic; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Philharmonia, and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras; and the Chicago, Boston, London, and NHK symphony orchestras--and has given recitals in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, 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, including Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Midori, Mark Padmore, the Elias String Quartet, and Miriam Fried. He is the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award, the Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, among other honors.

Mr. Biss is 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 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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Beethoven, Unlimited: Jonathan Biss on Coursera
Overtones, Fall 2013