HEINRICH SCHIFF  *1951 - † 2016

The cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff today looked back on a career that spans many decades. After his studies with Tobias Kühne and André Navarra he made his debut as a cellist in Vienna and London in 1971. Since then he has been a regular guest of all leading orchestras, at the big music centers and at the major festivals in Europe, North America and Japan. He has been performing with conductors such as Abbado, Celibidache, Chailly, Dohnányi, Eschenbach, Gielen, Haitink,


Harnoncourt, Jansons, Masur, Rattle, Salonen, Sawallisch, Sinopoli, Tennstedt and Welser-Möst.


Heinrich Schiff has released recordings of the main cello repertoire, ranging from Vivaldi and Haydn to Lutoslawski and B. A. Zimmermann.


Heinrich Schiff played the famous celli "The Mara" (Stradivarius 1711) and "The Sleeping Beauty" (Montagnana 1739).


In the past 25 years Heinrich Schiff has dedicated half of his artistic work to conducting. As a conductor he appears with many outstanding orchestras, among them Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia London, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Münchner Philharmoniker.


Previously he held conducting positions as Principal Conductor and Guest Conductor with


the following orchestras: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Northern Sinfonia, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Stuttgart, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Brucknerorchester Linz and Wiener KammerOrchester.


During 2013-2016 he prepared the Valsassina Ensemble for concerts.


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Directory Board:

León de Castillo, Slavisa Zezelj, Florian Moser, Max Smirzitz