Sir András Schiff Principal Artist

Sir András Schiff is our most recently appointed Principal Artist, joining our roster in 2018.
"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."
Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff is world-renowned as both a pianist and conductor, and in his concerts with us he’s often combined both roles.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1953 and started piano lessons at the age of five. Sir András has worked with most major international orchestras and conductors, but in recent years has performed as conductor and soloist.

His first performances with us came in 2013, and he became a Principal Artist in 2018. Highlights with us include 2019’s double-header of Brahms’ Piano Concertos, performed over two nights at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

In the spring of 2011, Sir András attracted attention because of his opposition to the alarming political developments in Hungary and in view of the ensuing attacks on him from some Hungarian Nationalists, decided not to perform again in his home country.

In June 2014 he was bestowed a Knighthood for services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.