Jonathan Biss, a renowned Jewish-American pianist, will perform his latest series, “Late Style,” with the Brentano String Quartet at the Baltimore Shriver Hall Concert Series on Saturday.
Biss, 36, is set to honor the late works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven and György Kurtág (Jewish-Hungarian), offering audience members a chance to compare the iconic composers’ late arrangements.
The repertoire reflects Biss’ widespread tastes, encompassing the idea of mortality and its impact on the creative process.
“It was kind of an interesting idea to me,” Biss said of the series. “Time is short when composers become aware that they don’t have long. I just thought it would be interesting to hear these pieces in close proximity to one another.”
A Bloomington, Ind., native, Biss is no stranger to the Charm City classical musical scene. He made his Shriver debut in 2002 with a solo recital and has returned to the series three times, most recently in 2011. Biss also has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a concerto soloist.
Catherine Cochran, executive director of Shriver, describes Biss as one of the most “intellectual” and “thoughtful” artists she has seen, prompting his long-awaited return to Shriver.
“He really does a wonderful dive into his repertoire,” Cochran said. “Not only does he think deeply about repertoire and the composers, but on particular topics, he considers all the contextual information.”
In addition to presenting “Late Style” around the country in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Biss will release a Kindle Single on the topic later this month.
For more information and tickets, visit shriverconcerts.org.