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.
Known for his international concert activities, Jonathan Biss is also known for his versatility as an artist and musician. Besides travelling around the world performing, he enjoys writing about his concert repertoire and has already published four audio and e-books, including UNQUIET: My Life with Beethoven (musical excerpts also here on the newly founded YouTube-Channel). Since 2018, Biss has been co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music Festival. For him, it’s all about the idea that “time is the most precious commodity, and the most important ingredient in a musician’s life”. His close collaboration and connection with Mitsuko Uchida, who has been Artistic Director of the festival since 2013, lines up with this sentiment. Every summer at the festival, musicians of all ages spend up to seven weeks with the exchange of ideas and the intensive rehearsal of a wide variety of chamber music works and perform them in weekend concerts.
20 August San Sebastian, Auditorio Kursaal
Quincena Musical de San Sebastian
23 August Salzburg, Haus für Mozart
29 August Saanen, Kirche
Gstaad Menuhin Festival
5 September Dublin, RIAM
Wigmore Hall Festival
8 September London, Wigmore Hall
10 September London, Wigmore Hall
Franz Schubert: Lebensstürme – Allegro in A Minor, D. 947
Franz Schubert: March D819 / 5 in E flat minor
Franz Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D. 951
Franz Schubert: Divertissement à la hongroise, D. 818