Jonathan Biss at the Marlboro Music Festival (July 2023)

Jonathan Biss has been Co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music Festival since 2018. Together with Mitsuko Uchida, Artistic Director since 2013, he will spend this summer rehearsing and performing a wide variety of chamber music works with musicians of all ages. For Jonathan Biss, the festival is all about the idea that “time is the most precious commodity and the most important ingredient in a musician’s life,” which aligns with the festival’s concept of performing only a small portion of the rehearsed works. Over five weekends, individual ensembles of musicians present the results of their intensive rehearsal work, but neither the concert repertoire nor the lineup is finalized more than a week in advance due to the dynamic planning process.

Find out more about the festival here.

Jonathan Biss rehearses Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478 with Randall Goosby (violin), Haesue Lee (viola) and Chase Park (cello). Photo by Pete Checchia.

Jonathan Biss on tour with Mitsuko Uchida (July 2023)

Acclaimed American pianist Jonathan Biss is touring Europe this summer with a special four-hands program together with pianist Mitsuko Uchida – concerts will take them to the Salzburg Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Quincena Musical de San Sebastian, Dublin and London with two concerts at the renowned Wigmore Hall.

Schubert’s 4-hand music is a treasure trove, and largely neglected. These works have every quality that makes Schubert’s music so uniquely affecting – the lyricism and tenderness, the loneliness and terror. But they require two pianists with a deep attunement to one another. When I play with Mitsuko, I feel that our ears are pointed towards the same things, that the same events in the music speak to us most deeply. She has been an essential presence in my life for 25 years – first as a mentor, then as a close friend and colleague, always a source of inspiration“, says Jonathan Biss.


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