André-Michel Schub



Competition Winner

Born: December 26, 1952 (Paris, France)

Pianist André-Michel Schub has been described by The New York Times as "pianistically flawless... a formidable pianist with a fierce integrity." He has repeatedly performed with the world's most prestigious orchestras, among them the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Detroit Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony.

Mr. Schub was the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 1977 recipient of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, and 1974 winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition.

Born in France, Mr. Schub came to the United States with his family when he was eight months old. He began his piano studies with his mother when he was four and later continued his work with Jascha Zayde. Mr. Schub first attended Princeton University and then transferred to the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin from 1970 to 1973. André-Michel Schub's recordings, for Vox Cum laude, Piano Disc, Musical Heritage Society and SONY Classical, include works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Liszt.

Excerpt from The New York Times review, May 13, 1974

Andre-Michel Schub, Pianist, Takes On a Man-Eating, Splashy Program

"made a great splash with his New York debut recital at Alice Tully Hall...21-year-old musician, first-prize winner of the 1974 Naumburg Piano Competition, is plainly ready for important things, he is not one of those half-hatched chicks who come and go on our concert stages...

It was a man-eating program, Clementi's Sonata in FSharp minor, building to a thunder-and-lighting performance of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Between came Copland's Piano Variations, intelligently structured and marvelously expressive, and Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata...

Copland had everything: immense sonorities, nuanced dynamics, fantasy and an overall unity that gripped the mind. One of the finest performances of that work, in fact, this listeneer has ever heard." Donal Henahan

Excerpt from The New York Times review, December 12, 1974

Schub, Piano Prize Winner, Performs

"A pianist who takes first prize in the Naumburg Competition, as André-Michel Schub did this year, is on the face of it a gifted instrumentalist. That prize simply does not go to people who look at their fingers and count out loud. But what happens now? Mr. Schub is a big talent but what kind of big talent? ...

at Carnegie Hall, where he played with the National Orchestral Association under Leon Barzin's baton, as soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.468, Mr. Schub went beyond the keyboard facility and precise musicianship for such a work. Rarely does one find a young pianist so able and so willing to play as part of the ensemble any concerto, and Mr. Schub's awareness of the whole was evident.

It was his sensitivity to the chamber-music aspect of the Mozart that impressed one most... so on this occasion, Mr. Schub proved to be a musician first and pianist second... his phrasing and shading stamped him at every point as a serious and more than promising artist." Donal Henahan


1974 Piano Competition

First Prize

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