Bay Chamber Concerts will present Jonathan Biss, internationally acclaimed pianist Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. A special favorite of Bay Chamber Concerts’ audiences and winner of the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, Biss recently appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and will make his Carnegie Hall debut next season.

Biss will perform Haydn’s Sonata in A flat major, Hob. 16/43; Schoenberg’s “Six Little Pieces,” Op. 19; Mendelssohn’s “Variations Serieuses” and a selection from “Songs Without Words”; Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 and “Les Adieux” Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat Major, Op. 81a. Bliss performs the Bixler Family concert courtesy of Midori’s Partners in Performance.

“I have known Jonathan since he was a child and today he is on the trajectory of a major international career. One doesn’t see musicians of his stature very often and when it happens, it is very exciting,” said Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts’ artistic director.

At age 29, Biss has established an international career through his orchestral, recital and chamber music performances in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, as well as through his acclaimed recordings. The third generation in a family of exceptional musicians, Biss grew up surrounded by music.  His grandmother, Raya Garboursova, was one of the first well-known female cellists; in fact, Samuel Barber composed his Cello Concerto for her. His parents are Israeli-born violinist Miriam Fried and violist/violinist Paul Biss.

Biss studied at Indiana University with Evelyne Brancart and at the internationally renowned Curtis Institute of Music with Leon Fleisher. In 1997, he appeared with Isaac Stern in a recital program at Wolf Trap. His list of accomplishments and awards since 1997 have grown exponentially including his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2003 and being chosen as the first American to participate in the BBC’s New Generation Artist Program from 2002 to 2004. Today, Biss continues to give chamber concerts with his mother (including a performance at the Rockport Opera House a few years ago) and recitals across Europe and North America.

Most tickets are $25; prime seating is $45, discounted up to 44 percent with subscription.   A limited number of $8 tickets will be available for youth younger than 19. Bay Chamber Concerts is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization; media sponsor is For more information, or to purchase subscriptions or tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823, toll-free at (888) 707-2770, or online at

Coming up next in the 2009-2010 Performing Arts Series is Barrage Sunday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. Described as “Stomp” meets “Riverdance” with surprises of their own, Barrage is comprised of a half dozen fiddle players backed by a rock band.

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