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Described as “a pianist whose probing, incisive, and deeply considered performances are consistently challenging and rewarding” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Jonathan Biss is a world renowned pianist who channels his deep musical curiosity into performances and projects in the concert hall and beyond. 

Biss’s endeavors represent his complete approach to music-making, and desire to imbue audiences with his own passion for music. Previous projects included an exploration of composers’ “late style” in various concert programs at Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Centre, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and San Francisco Performances. He also gave master classes at Carnegie Hall and published the Kindle sSingle Coda on the topic. 

This program pairs one of the last three sonatas of Schubert—works which address the mysteries of life and death, and do so unflinchingly and with astonishing beauty—with a newly commissioned work by a composer of color. The intention is not to suggest a particular connection between the old and new works;: it is to show that one can immerse oneself in the greatest music of the past and work to ensure that the present and future are more just, and richer for it. 


Schubert: Impromptu in F Minor, no. 1, D. 935 

Alvin Singleton’s new solo work (15 to20 minutes) 


Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 959



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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts | Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Virginia G. Piper Classical Concert Series Package

We are excited to announce our upcoming 2023–24 subscription series and we hope that you will join us for another year of exciting music. From the return of young pianist Alexander Malofeev to the world-renowned Takács Quartet, and a grand finale of Joshua Bell our 2023–24 series is overflowing with the best of the classical world—all concerts are presented in the intimate and beautiful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.