In Europe, he has appeared twice with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC SO, NDR Hamburg and NDR Hannover, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Gewandhaus.
Jonathan Biss is a committed recitalist and chamber musician. He is a regular guest at Carnegie Hall and also plays in the major recital series in the US and in Europe - he twice opened the Master Piano Series at the Concertgebouw, Salzburg, Lucerne, and Edinburgh Festivals, the Beethovenfest, Bonn and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg. He made a highly successful debut recital last season in the Berlin PO piano series. For the 2012/13 season, Jonathan Biss devised a four-part chamber music series entitled “Schumann, under the influence”, with partners Mark Padmore, Miah Persson, Kim Kashkashian and the Elias Quartet. The series was presented at the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and San Francisco, with Carnegie Hall taking three of the programmes: “Biss went further than merely paring Schumann’s works with those of different composers. Each of the pieces [Davidsbündlertänze] was carved meticulously, with an intense ardor for details, and with calculated precision.” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
Jonathan Biss now records for Onyx Classics and has embarked on a complete Beethoven Sonata cycle on disc. The first and second volume were both received with great warmth and the third volume will be released in January 2014. He has also recorded Schumann and Dvorak Piano Quintets with the Elias Quartet again for Onyx: “A delightful coupling that brings heart-on-sleeve joy to the Schumann and bold, quicksilver energy to the Dvorak. Both performances fizzle with ideas and unabashed exuberance” (Classical Music Magazine).
Later this season, Wigmore Hall Live will release the recording taken from the final recital in Biss’s Schumann series at Wigmore Hall and which featured works by Schumann, Janacek and Berg. He has also released a recital disc of Schubert sonatas with fragments of Kurtag, again for Wigmore Hall Live. Jonathan Biss previously recorded by EMI Classics with a fine discography of four award-winning recordings on this label.
Jonathan Biss, an alumni of the Curtis Institute, joined the faculty in 2012. This season, Biss together with the Curtis Institute, have partnered with Coursera, the provider of online teaching courses, and created a free, online course which Biss taught on Beethoven's piano sonatas. It was entitled ‘Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas’ and the course ran from September-October 2013 and attracted more than 30,000 people.
Jonathan Biss represents the third generation in a family of musicians. His grandmother, Raya Garbousova, was the cellist for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto and his mother, Miriam Fried, is a distinguished violinist and teacher. He has been recognised with numerous awards, including the 2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and is a laureate of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. He was the first American chosen to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist programme.