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Heinrich Schiff
Heinrich Schiff  

B108014   B 108 014
F. Schreker, E. Krenek - H. Schiff
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Heinrich Schiff was born in 1951 and began playing the piano when he was six and the violoncello at the age of ten. Following his studies with Tobias Kühne and André Navarra, he made his debuts in Vienna in London in 1971.

Influenced by his parents, both of whom were composers, Heinrich Schiff’s musical interests spanned beyond his intensive cello studies, and he attended conducting classes with Swarovsky. In the following decade spent establishing his career as a cellist his interests in conducting grew through youth orchestra projects and work­shops and in 1986 he made his professional conducting debut.
Cello performances and conducting now play equally important roles in his career.

Since 1990 Heinrich Schiff has held several positions as conductor of the following orchestras: Principal Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Artistic Director of the Northern Sinfonia, Principal Conductor of the Copenhagen Philhar­monic and of the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Principal Guest Conductor of the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. He has also conducted leading inter­national orchestras such as: Philharmonia Orchestra London, Hallé Orchestra Manchester, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, München Philharmonic, Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester, Dresden Staatskapelle, various German radio orchestras, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Camerata Salzburg, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Rom Santa Cecilia, Swedish Radio Stockholm, Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Schiff has conducted productions of "The Magic Flute" (1992) and "Fidelio" (1993) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels; "The Flying Dutchman" (1994) in Bern. In the season 2001/02 he conducted a new production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in Zürich/Winterthur.

He has made a number of recordings conducting the Northern Sinfonia, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Philharmonia Orchestra London.