Heinrich Schiff - born 1951 in Gmunden, Austria. Both his parents were composers. He began to study piano at the age of six, and cello at the age of ten, with Tobias kuhne. He attended the Linz Music School, and then when he was twenty, he studied with André Navarra. He debuted as a soloist in 1971 in Vienna and London. He has gone on to study conducting with Swarovsky.
He dedicates himself ten years exclusively to the cello, but doing student workshops and work with youth orchestras has taken him more and more into the field of conducting. He now spends equal time with the cello and directing a variety of orchestras. In 1982 he gave a series of master classes at Dartington Hall. According to Margaret Campbell, the wtudents were overwhelmed with his mastery of music and the cello, and also with his warmth and generosity of spirit.
From 1990 to 1996 he was the artistic director/conductor of the Northern German Sinfonia. From 1990 to 1992 he was the first guest conductor of the German Chamber Philharmonic. Additionally Schiff has been guest conductor of the Philharmonia London, Bamberger Symphoniker, Sinfonieorchester of the broadcasting corporations Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Stuttgart and Cologne, Saxonian State of Dresden, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest the Hague, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, ORF Sinfonie Orchestra Vienna, Concert Hall Orchestra Zurich and the Oslo Philharmonic. He is involved with opera as well as symphonic works.
Schiff is now the principal conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Musikkollegiums Winterthur. He is also the first guest conductor with the Orchestra Stuttgart, and the Swedish Radio Orchestra.