Heinrich Schiff

(b. 1951)

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(b Gmunden, 1951).

Austrian cellist and conductor who began as pianist. Won prizes at comps. in Geneva, Vienna, and Warsaw, then played concs. with leading orchs. in Vienna, Amsterdam, and London. Had Salzburg début (as cellist) 1972; Amer. début 1981. Took up cond. 1984. Art. dir. Northern Sinfonia 1990–6. Chief cond. Vienna CO from 2004.

Subjects: Music.

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