Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Schwarzenberg
Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Schwarzenberg
Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Schwarzenberg
Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Schwarzenberg
Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Schwarzenberg
Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Schwarzenberg
Hohenems
Hohenems
Markus Sittikus Hall, Hohenems
Markus Sittikus Hall, Hohenems
Schwarzenberg
Schwarzenberg
Markus Sittikus Hall, Hohenems
Markus Sittikus Hall, Hohenems
Schwarzenberg
Schwarzenberg
Garden at the back of the Markus Sittikus Hall, Hohenems
Garden at the back of the Markus Sittikus Hall, Hohenems

Dear Madam or Sir
 
A few days after the conclusion of the June Schubertiade, I received an email message from Sir András Schiff, which he opened by thanking me for the »wonderful time in Schwarzenberg« and praising the »splendid festival«. Then he criticised the choice of artists and programmes, and complained about the fact that, in June 2020, another pianist will be playing the programme that he originally intended to perform.
 
In my reply, I asked Sir András Schiff to take some additional information into account in his reasonings. (His statements led to the conclusion that he had only superficially read our programmes.) Furthermore, I pointed out to him that we had received his June 2020 programme very late and that the works in question had been promised to a different pianist six months earlier. Finally, I mentioned that his frequent negative remarks on Steinway pianos during the public master class had been quoted in a Dutch critic’s review, and that parts of the audience had not only repeatedly voiced critical comments regarding the Bösendorfer he played in his concerts, but also discussed the motives for his opinion on Steinway. I added that, for us, his utterances were all but pleasant since our Steinway grand enjoyed daily praise and high esteem from all other pianists.
 
Sir András Schiff reacted by announcing that he would abstain from all future appearances at the Schubertiade, questioning the judging competence of the Schubertiade audience and briefing against a whole group of artists who regularly perform at our festival.
 
We would like to thank Elisabeth Leonskaja, who will replace Sir András Schiff in the chamber concert with the Cuarteto Casals on June 26, and Lucas and Arthur Jussen, who made their impressive Schubertiade debut just a few weeks ago and will play the piano matinee on June 28.
 
With kind regards
 
Gerd Nachbauer
Managing Director of the Schubertiade GmbH


Friday, June 26, 2020, 8 p.m., Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Chamber concert, Prices III
Cuarteto Casals
Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat, op. 33/2 »Der Scherz«
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quintet in G minor, KV 478
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat, op. 44

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Sunday, June 28, 2020, 11 a.m., Angelika Kauffmann Hall, Piano recital, Prices I
Lucas and Arthur Jussen
Works for piano four hands:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Eight variations on a theme by Graf von Waldstein
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D, KV 381
Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D 940; Allegro in A minor, D 947 »Lebensstürme«
Maurice Ravel: »Ma mère l‘oye“
Fazil Say: »Night«

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Elisabeth Leonskaja | Lucas and Arthur Jussen © Marco Borggreve
Marco Borggreve
Elisabeth Leonskaja | Lucas and Arthur Jussen
»The Schubertiade can easily become the passion of a lifetime, not to say mildly addictive.«

The Daily Telegraph, UK