Andras Schiff’s Schubert tiff blows up into full rowmain
The story so far.
The pianist pulled out of the 2020 Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg/Hohenems.
The festival director, Gerd Nachbauer, published an anti-Schiff diatribe, complaining that Schiff submitted his programme too late to get first choice, and hisfrequent abuse of Steinway pianos was unwelcome.
Schiff replied that he would boycott the Schubertiade so long as Nachbauer stayed in his job.
Schiff says he was astonished that Nachbauer went public. Cancelling the festival, he adds, was ‘a very painful and difficult decision.’
Nachbauer has retaliated, calling this comment ‘an infantile reaction’.
It’s all heating up nicely.