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Sir András Schiff is our new Principal Artist

Fri Jun 29 2018

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We’re thrilled to announce the distinguished pianist and conductor Sir András Schiff as our new Principal Artist.

Sir András conducts and plays in our Schiff’s Surprise concert on Wednesday 4 July at Queen Elizabeth Hall, or at the Cheltenham Music Festival on Sunday 8 July 2018.

He performs with us again for Brahms Piano Concertos over two nights on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March, 2019. He’s our sixth Principal Artist, joining Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowski, John Butt and Iván Fischer.

He says, “The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment combines exemplary musicianship with a commitment to faithfully representing the composer’s intentions, style and spirit. These principles are important to me, and I’m delighted and honoured to accept a position with this wonderful orchestra.”

Our Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, adds, “We discovered a special connection with Sir András Schiff in our approach to music when working together for the first time in 2013 on the Mozart piano concertos, and again in 2015 in a programme of Schumann and Mendelssohn. It felt right to cement our future with this extraordinary, virtuoso musician by inviting Sir András to become Principal Artist. Sir András is the first OAE Principal Artist to be an internationally acclaimed pianist as well as a conductor.”

Catch Sir András on BBC Radio 3 In Tune on Tuesday 3 July.

 

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