Jonathan Biss

(born on 18.9.1980)

Jonathan Biss
(Foto: Benjamin Ealovega)


"Most of what I know about myself, I have learned from playing Schumann."
—Jonathan Biss


In the 2012-13 season, Jonathan Biss undertook Schumann: Under the Influence, an international initiative of over 30 concerts examining the works of Robert Schumann.
Jonathan Biss - Schumann: Under the Influence

Jonathan Biss: A Pianist under the influence

Jonathan Biss: A Pianist under the influence
39 pages
Publisher: RosettaBooks)
Publication Date: September 27, 2012
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

“The famous pianist Jonathan Biss has had a special relationship with composer Robert Schumann since he was a child. Avoiding traditional biography and dense musical criticism, Biss writes a moving tribute to one of the most vulnerable composers in classical music history in his second Kindle Single: A Pianist Under the Influence. Biss's first Kindle Single, Beethoven's Shadow, has been a bestseller on Amazon since its release in December 2011.
A Pianist Under the Influence reflects on Biss's life-long, intense, multi-layered relationship with the composer's music and historical treatment. As Biss writes from the unique position of performer, scholar and fan, his Single is both a personal and professional love-letter to the 19th century composer.

An engaging read for anyone interested in the creative process, the Single also includes an annotated audio guide for readers who wish to delve further into the material. A Pianist Under the Influence is an important aspect of Biss's 2012-2013 focus on Schumann, during which Biss and several hand-picked collaborators performed Schumann's work, music by his notable influences such as Beethoven, Schubert, and Purcell, and selections from his long list of successors ranging from Berg and Janáček to 26-year-old composer Timothy Andres. At the core of the project was four sets of concerts, curated by Biss, including series at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Performances.”

CD-Recordings of works by Schumann

Schumann & Dvorak

Schumann & Dvorak
Jonathan Biss, Elias String Quartet
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81, B. 155
Audio CD
Onyx Classics (Note 1 Musikvertrieb)
Released: 19. Oktober 2012

Schumann Fantasie . Kreisleriana . Arabeske

Fantasie. Kreisleriana . Arabeske
Jonathan Biss, piano
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Arabeske in C, Op. 18
Audio CD
EMI Classics (EMI)
Released: 4. 1.2008
Winner, 2007 Diapason d’Or de l’Annee, Jeune Talent

Beethoven . Schumann

Beethoven . Schumann
Jonathan Biss: Piano Works
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasy, Op. 77
Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze Op.6
Beethoven: Sonata in f minor Op. 57, “Appasionata”
Audio CD
EMI Classicx (EMI)