Building Bridges

Nathalia Milstein, Shir Semmel, Sir András Schiff & Kiana Reid. Credit: Lukas Beck
Tom Borrow. Credit: Tal Givony
Avery Gagliano. Credit: Chris Lee

Each season, András Schiff, who himself built his international acclaimed career without the springboard of a major competition win, selects three gifted pianists with unique musical personalities and, in cooperation with conc.arts berlin, arranges recitals for them at concert venues and festivals throughout Europe.  The aim is to support the young artists in developing their own sustainable networks and lasting connections in the professional music world. Past seasons have seen the pianists perform in Antwerp, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Dortmund, Florence, Frankfurt, London, Lugano, Milan, Weimar, Zurich as well as at a variety of prestigious summer festivals. Upcoming highlights include recitals in Bern, Gstaad and Vienna’s Musikverein.

A special focus is the development of the concert programmes, which Sir András Schiff undertakes in intensive consultation with the musicians. The programmes should reflect not only the pianistic skills, but also the artistic curiosity and ideas of the participants. The pianists leave behind authentic musical visiting cards, both for the audience with an affinity for piano music and for the professional world – because artists’ agencies, concert organizers, representatives of the record industry, fellow musicians and specialist journalists are invited to every concert.

The selected musicians have completed their studies and have already participated in various renowned competitions. Nevertheless, they are only at the beginning of their professional careers and with the participation in Building Bridges they are given the chance to shape their professional future in a promising way right from the start. Since 2014, 22 pianists have been supported by the programme and established flourishing careers, including Zoltán Fejévári, Nathalia Milstein, Mishka Rushdie Momen, Nicolas Namoradze and Schaghajegh Nosrati.

With Building Bridges, Sir András Schiff has established a unique model of sustainable promotion of young talent, enabling young pianists to build their own bridges to the professional music world.


PIANISTS 2022/23

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Tom Borrow

C. Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue
H. Dutilleux: Choral et Variations
F. Chopin: Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49
R. Schumann: Fantaisie in C major, Op. 17

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Avery Gagliano

J. S. Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814
W. A. Mozart: Sonata No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 282
F. Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 50
F. Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
K. Szymanowski: Variations in B-flat minor, Op. 3

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Julia Hamos

J. S. Bach: French Suite Nr. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815
G. Kurtág: Selection of Játékok
– Capriccioso-luminoso (V)
– Doina (VI)
– Stubbunny (III)
– Kalandozás a múltban – Ligatura to Ligeti (VII)
G. Ligeti: Étude Nr. 11 En Suspens
G. Ligeti: Étude Nr. 4 Fanfares
B. Bartók: Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from Mikrokosmos
R. Schumann: Davidsbundlertänze Op. 6


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