Acclaim for Jonathan Biss with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Biss’s performance Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra led by Osmo Vänskä at Carnegie Hall was met with critical acclaim.
From Seen & Heard International (February 12, 2020):
Lyrical and fun: Osmo Vänskä leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
“From the flourishes that open the first movement, Biss approached the piano part with integrity and elegance. The mighty chords and dazzling finger work were impressive, but the delicacy with which he played the intimate passages was even more remarkable. Throughout, Vänskä drew a majestic, supple flow from the orchestra, exemplified by the rich sound of the violins and the excellent horn section.”
From Berkshire Fine Arts (February 9, 2020)
“Biss and Vänskä communicated to give us the extraordinary Concerto. Biss has been a deep Beethoven student for his young career, and offers an online introduction which is widely shared.
Biss as a pianist is far more than a superb technician. A graduate of Curtis, where he now holds a chair in piano, he deeply understands the works he performs. His fingers fly as he unreels the music. He hooks us with intensity, rigor and deep feeling. As an encore he offered No. 15 of Schumann’s Kinderszenen. Here the poet speaks. In its simple, yearning notes, Biss showed us how an artist can come to know and understand a composer. Above all others, Biss sympathizes with Schumann, and the dark path he traveled where all artifice is stripped away to reveal this “odd, beautiful, broken person.”