Jonathan Biss represents the third generation in a family of professional musicians. He began his piano studies at age six, and he later studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher. In 2010 Mr. Biss was appointed to Curtis's piano faculty.
This season, Mr. Biss’s engagements include the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, as well as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic, and the Danish National Symphony. Mr. Biss's chamber music series entitled Schumann: Under The Influence, with tenor Mark Padmore, soprano Miah Persson, violist Kim Kashkashian, and the Elias Quartet, will be presented at Wigmore Hall in London, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and in San Francisco. Additional concerts will be performed at Carnegie Hall and in Boston, Kansas City, and Philadelphia. Mr. Biss made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2011 and he will present his second Stern Auditorium recital in January 2014.
In January 2012 Onyx Classics released the first CD in a nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete sonatas. Mr. Biss wrote about this project in Beethoven’s Shadow, an essay that was published electronically by Rosetta Books as a Kindle Single. He is also the author of the Kindle Single A Pianist Under the Influence. Mr. Biss’s previous recordings include an album of Schubert and Kurtág, for the Wigmore Hall Live label; and for EMI Classics an all-Schumann recital album, which won a Diapason d’Or de l’année award, and a recital album of Beethoven piano sonatas, which received an Edison Award. With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra he recorded a live disc of Mozart piano concertos.
Mr. Biss has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Schleswig-Holstein Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2003 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award. He was an artist-in-residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and was the first American chosen to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist program. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2002.