Jonathan Biss signed by EMI Classics

EMI Classics has signed 25-year-old American pianist Jonathan Biss to a two-year exclusive contract, the company announced.

His first CD under the contract, an all-Schumann recital consisting of the Fantasie in C, Arabeske in C, and Kreisleriana, will be released in the U.S. in January 2007. EMI released Biss’s recording debut, which featured Beethoven and Schumann, on its “Debut” Series in April 2004.

Biss is a third generation musician in a family that includes his cellist grandmother Raya Garbousova, for whom Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto, and his parents, violinist Miriam Fried and violist and violinist Paul Biss. Biss began studying piano at age six; he continued at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the Curtis Institute with Leon Fleisher.

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