I am pretty ignorant when it comes to Schiff. I’ve only listened to him play the Bach aria when I was getting ready to record it, and for some reason I thought he was one of those pianists that people say is one of the best Bach players. And when I realized that this concert was coming up, I thought I'd be hearing him play a lot of Bach, but he is playing all Beethoven, so I’m sure he plays everything well. I'm looking forward to the concert. There are two other members going too.
He is one of the greatest living pianists of today IMO and you really have reason to look forward to this concert. I heard him in many concerts in England and Germany (one times I heard him play the complete "Well Tempered Clavier, Book I" in a little barn, which was renovated as a concert room near my town, called "Museumsinsel Hombroich", this must have been at the end of the 80th and it really made a deep impression on me, he played all by heart and one prelude and fugue after the other, after having done this he played the complete Goldberg-variations for the rest of the people, who waited before the darn, because it was not enough place in it, so, in fact he gave two concerts at this evening, it was incredible!). As soon as I will find an opportunity, I will go to a concert of him again. Schiffs favorites were (may be are) Bartok and Bach, but also Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. (I didn´t hear much Chopin of him, but may be he has played some Chopin until now. I remember a recording of the piano-concerts of Chopin.) He engaged for the Haydn-Festival and recorded his piano-sonatas. In the chamber-music-seminar in Cornwall he played also Beethoven, but I never heard a Beethoven Solo-Sonata of him until now. I think, I will buy the CD as soon as it is available.
Schiff comes from Hungary and his (very near) friend was the famous violinist Sandor Vegh, who died some years ago. He is a fantastic Bartok-interpret and has learned a lot of Sandor Vegh.