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05.03.17
Jonathan Biss
Biss/Padmore review – elegance and intensity in compelling Schubert
The Guardian
04.21.17
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Review: Beethoven Gets a Sequel at the New York Philharmonic
New York Times
03.31.17
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Jonathan Biss, Milton Court, London, review: His readings were often unorthodox, but they carried convincing authority
The Independent
02.18.17
Jonathan Biss
Why so many artists do their most interesting work in their final years
The Economist
02.17.17
Jonathan Biss
First PCMS 'Departure' concert sets a high bar for the rest
Philadelphia Inquirer
02.10.17
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Kicking off Great Artists Series, Jonathan Biss recital doesn't disappoint
St Louis Post-Dispatch
01.21.17
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Review: SPCO finds bliss with Biss, Beamish and Beethoven
St. Paul Pioneer Press
01.16.17
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Filial Approach to Schumann and Bartok
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
01.10.17
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Fried and Biss offer varied delights at the Gardner
Boston Globe
07.14.16
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Pianist Jonathan Biss will return to SFP with another multi-concert project
Examiner
06.09.16
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Why record all 32 Beethoven Sonatas?
Philadelphia Inquirer
05.31.16
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Jonathan Biss and Lisa Batiashvili play Schumann at Wigmore Hall - review: Comes with strings attached
The Independent
03.21.16
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Biss/Philharmonia/Hrusa, Royal Festival Hall, review: Jonathan Biss delivers the Largo with tender lyricism
The Independent
11.28.15
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SPCO premieres Beethoven-inspired concerto
Minneapolis Star Tribune
10.25.15
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A piano recital highlighting the poetic chops of pianist Jonathan Biss
The Washington Post
05.08.15
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Album Review Jonathan Biss
Sinfini Music
01.24.15
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Pianist Jonathan Biss connects with Beethoven
The Philadelphia Inquirer
01.17.15
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Pianist Jonathan Biss brings out the Romantic extremes at Broward Center
South Florida Classical Review
10.01.14
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Jonathan Biss Teaches New Online Beethoven Course, Performs Beethoven with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Releases Volume 4 of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
08.24.14
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Snape Proms: Biss/Esfahani review – a pair of near-perfect performances
The Guardian
01.13.14
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Pianist's 'Private Communion' Goes Online
The Wall Street Journal
01.06.14
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Jonathan Biss’s Cousera/Curtis Institute course, Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, to be repeated in March 2014
Coursera
12.06.13
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Pianist Jonathan Biss brings needed vitality to performances with Cleveland Orchestra, Leon Fleisher
Cleveland Plain Dealer
10.18.13
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Review: Jonathan Biss shines with RPO
Democrat & Chronicle
09.17.13
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Online courses: Music education for all?
BBC
08.23.13
Jonathan Biss
Hey, Ludwig, There’s an App for You
The New York Times
08.03.13
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Jonathan Biss speaks through music
U~T San Diego
06.17.13
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Jonathan Biss review: Schumann showcase
The San Francisco Chronicle
05.31.13
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Jonathan Biss and the Curtis Institute's Coursera course on Beethoven's piano sonatas reaches more than 15,800 participants 
04.01.13
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Review: Beethoven 'Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
Gramophone
04.01.13
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(Upper) West Side Story
Pianist Magazine
03.22.13
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Review: Beethoven Piano Sonatas
The Irish Times
03.20.13
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American pianist Biss charms crowd
Calgary Herald
03.18.13
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Jonathan Biss review: Radiant Schumann
San Francisco Chronicle
03.13.13
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Seating Schumann Cozily at the Center of His Universe
The New York Times
03.09.13
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Pianist Jonathan Biss features emotional vignettes in Schumann program
Kansas City Star
03.02.13
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Kansas City Star
02.21.13
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Jonathan Biss and The Curtis Institute of Music Partner with Coursera for a Massive Open Online Course on Beethoven
02.21.13
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Curtis Institute to offer two free online courses
Philadelphia Inquirer
12.10.12
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Reviews of Jonathan Biss' Schumann/Dvorak Recording with Elias Quartet (Onyx)
11.29.12
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Juraj Valcuha leads NSO in pieces new to orchestra
Washington Post
06.04.12
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Jonathan Biss Announces Schumann: Under the Influence, an international initiative of over 30 concerts examining the works of Robert Schumann
04.22.12
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Fearless Instead of Reverent: Jonathan Biss In The Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Hall
Der Tagesspiegel – Kurz& Kritisch
04.17.12
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What a Pianist Is Learning From 32 Sonatas
The New York Times
03.01.12
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Beethoven without boundaries
BBC Music Magazine
02.20.12
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Pianist Jonathan Biss Plays in La Jolla
San Diego Arts
02.10.12
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Conversation: Pianist Jonathan Biss
PBS
02.05.12
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Jonathan Biss brings bold touch to classical piano works
Washington Post
01.29.12
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Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Op 10, No 1, Op 22, Op 26 and Op 81a (‘Les Adieux’) Jonathan Biss
The Sunday Times
01.03.12
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Inaugural event January 9, 2012, with pianist Jonathan Biss and author Adam Haslett
12.20.11
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Pianist Finds the Keys to New Kindle Format
WQXR
12.16.11
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Pianist Jonathan Biss Authors a Kindle Single, Beethoven's Shadow, Released by RosettaBooks on Amazon.com on Friday, December 16, Beethoven's Birthday
Shuman Associates
11.29.11
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Cleveland Orchestra with Fabio Luisi and Jonathan Biss (Nov. 25)
clevelandclassical.com
11.27.11
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Conductor Fabio Luisi strikes up tantalizing relationship with Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland Plain Dealer
10.07.11
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SPCO and pianist Biss pair and compare Mozart and Kurtag
Twin Cities Pioneer Press
02.28.11
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Pianist, conductor deliver passionate symphony performance
Houston Chronicle
02.07.11
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A radiant Beethoven in the hands of Jonathan Biss
The Globe and Mail
01.27.11
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Jonathan Biss is a thrilling piano talent
Philadelphia Inquirer
01.23.11
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Pianist at Last Has Carnegie All to Himself
The New York Times
01.18.11
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Jonathan Biss; Making his Carnegie Hall recital debut, the exacting young pianist eschews perfection.
TimeOut New York
01.14.11
Jonathan Biss
The Way to Carnegie Hall? Success
The New York Times
11.01.10
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Curtis Institute Names Jonathan Biss to Faculty
Philadelphia Inquirer
04.25.10
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Jonathan Biss puts on dazzling show at the Gilmore
Kalamazoo Gazette
02.15.10
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Two Pianos, Four Hands, Many Twists
The New York Times
11.06.09
Jonathan Biss
Guest pianist shows prowess with Brahms
Deseret News
11.06.09
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Zukerman, Biss: Brahms bliss
Salt Lake Tribune
11.02.09
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Pianist delivers skillful, meditative performance
The Oregonian
09.18.09
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Jonathan Biss/Wigmore Hall Live
ConcertoNet.com
04.21.09
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Bis! to Biss
San Francisco Classical Voice
04.07.09
Jonathan Biss
Biss made Schubert sound experimental.
Washington Post
02.21.09
Jonathan Biss
Mozart piano concerto by ISO is outstanding
Indianapolis Star
01.21.09
Marin Alsop, Jonathan Biss
Dorking Concertgoers Society presents the London Philharmonic Orchestra
This is Surrey Today (UK)
12.01.08
Jonathan Biss
An American in the Paris Symphony … the other at the piano – NDR Symphony with
Die Welt
12.01.08
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Critical Acclaim for the new Jonathan Biss CD
12.01.08
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Enlightenment and Treasure Trove
Kieler nachrichten
12.01.08
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Caressed into Keys
Hamburger Abendblatt
11.01.08
Jonathan Biss
Young pianist excels at Mozart
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
11.01.08
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Biss makes the notes count with Pittsburgh Symphony
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
10.05.08
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CD Review - Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 and 22
The London Times
09.25.08
Jonathan Biss
Review: Mozart Piano Concertos 21 & 22
BBC
06.20.08
Daniel Barenboim, Jonathan Biss
OPUS 3 ARTISTS WIN DUTCH EDISON AWARDS
02.22.08
Jonathan Biss
Pianist Biss Brings out Mozart's eloquence
San Francisco Chronicle
01.07.08
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Pianists Schiff and Biss explore familiar sonatas' inner structures
The Dallas Morning News
12.11.07
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Review of Jonathan Biss CD: "Beethoven: Piano Sonatas"
Audiophile Audition
12.10.07
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It’s Franco-American night at Disney
Los Angeles Times
12.01.07
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Jonathan Biss Triumphs with The Cleveland Orchestra
11.28.07
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Jonathan Biss receives the Diapason d'Or
01.01.01
Jonathan Biss
Mozart: Piiano Concertos 21 & 22
Pittsburg Tribune
01.01.01
James Conlon, Robert Spano, Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble , Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , Patti LuPone, Mariachi Los Camperos
OPUS 3 ARTISTS 2009 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES

Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep musical curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. In addition to performing a full schedule of concerts, he has spent eleven summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and written extensively about his relationships with the composers with whom he shares a stage. A member of the faculty of his alma mater the Curtis Institute of Music since 2010, Biss led the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory, Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, which has reached more than 150,000 people in 185 countries. Part 3 is set to come out in January 2018, and he will continue to add lectures until he covers all of the sonatas.

This season Biss continues his latest Beethoven project, Beethoven/5, for which the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is co-commissioning five composers to write new piano concertos, each inspired by one of Beethoven's. The five-year plan began with Biss premiering Timo Andres's "The Blind Banister," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, which was followed by Sally Beamish's "City Stanzas" last season. This fall with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra he premieres Salvatore Sciarrino's "Il Sogno di Stradella," paired with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and goes on to play it with the Cleveland Orchestra later in the year. The first two commissions continue to have a life, with "The Blind Banister" at the Jacksonville and New World symphonies and Beamish's "City Stanzas" at the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and Swedish Chamber Orchestra, highlighting Biss's commitment to building the repertoire. In the final two years of the project he will premiere concertos by Caroline Shaw and Brett Dean. 

In addition to his involvement at Marlboro, Biss spends the summer of 2017 continuing his complete Beethoven piano sonata performance cycles at the Aspen and Ravinia festivals, which he also begins at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this season. Audiences will be able to experience all the piano sonatas in seven concerts over several years. In early 2018 Biss tours with Midori and Antoine Lederlin across Switzerland, Germany, and England, and with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in California. 

Biss has embarked on a nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas, and in early 2018 he releases the seventh volume, including the sonatas Op. 2, No. 2; Op. 49, No. 2; Op. 31, No.2 ("Tempest"), and Op. 109. Upon the release of the fourth volume, BBC Music Magazine said, "Jonathan Biss will surely take his place among the greats if he continues on this exalted plane." His bestselling eBook, Beethoven's Shadow, describing the process of recording the sonatas and published by RosettaBooks in 2011, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician. The recording cycle will be complete in 2020, at the same time as the final Coursera lectures on the sonatas.

Biss represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians that includes his grandmother Raya Garbousova, one of the first well-known female cellists (for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto), and his parents, violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss. Growing up surrounded by music, Biss began his piano studies at age six, and his first musical collaborations were with his mother and father. He studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher. 

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