Pianist Jonathan Biss returns for German repertoire

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Leading American pianist Jonathan Biss performs on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at

Jonathan Bliss

Jonathan Bliss

3 p.m. on the Union College Concert Series.

The Series welcomes back pianist Jonathan Biss in program of Germanic repertoire including Beethoven, whose complete sonatas he is currently traversing on recording. He begins with Alban Berg’s early Sonata, Op. 2 and Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces, Op. 19 and closes the first half with Schumann’s Waldszenen, Op. 82. The program continues with Beethoven’s Sonatas Opp. 79 and 101.

Appearing regularly with major orchestras around the world, Jonathan Biss has solidified his place among the great pianists of his generation. Last season, he stepped in for legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida (who canceled due to illness) in performances Beethoven’s Second and Third Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra to great acclaim. Renowned for his interpretations of repertoire from Bach to Kirchner, Mr. Biss is in the midst of recording the complete 32 Beethoven Sonatas for the ONYX label, having released the fourth volume in January 2015.

A prolific writer, Mr. Biss has an exclusive contract with Kindle, releasing two “Kindle Singles” on the music of Schumann and Beethoven – “A Pianist Under the Influence” and “Beethoven’s Shadow” respectively. In the fall of 2013, he also offered a series of lectures on Beethoven through Coursera in conjunction with the Curtis Institute of Music welcoming over 30,000 subscribers worldwide.

Individual tickets are $25 or $10 for students. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call (518) 388-6080 or visit the Union College Concerts Website.