Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who has performed in Seattle many times, and is obsessed with Beethoven.
Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who has performed in Seattle many times. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega/Courtesy of Jonathan Biss

Good morning. It's Monday, April 6. What better way to start the week than with some music?

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Today's message comes from the world-renowned pianist Jonathan Biss. "I don't live in your beautiful city, but I love it," he says to Seattle. "I've been there lots of times playing in Benaroya Hall and Meany Hall and I really hope to be back there soon."

He also says that for him, "Beethoven has been the single most nourishing thing these past few weeks. Somehow, despite deafness and alcoholism and misanthropy and god knows what else, he was always able to hold onto his sense of hope and idealism. If he could, maybe the rest of us can too."

And then Jonathan plays some Beethoven for us:

Jonathan is a pianist who channels his deep musical curiosity into performances and projects in the concert hall and beyond.

In addition to performing with today’s leading orchestras, he continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time.

Great shirt.
He also owns this great shirt: "Make Orwell fiction again." Courtesy of Jonathan Biss

Jonathan was recently named co-artistic director at the Marlboro Music Festival. He also leads a massive open online course via Coursera, which has reached more than 150,000 people from nearly every country in the world. He has written extensively about the music he plays, and has authored three e-books, including Beethoven’s Shadow, the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician, published by Rosetta Books in 2011.

Read more about Jonathan's career here and here.

Thank you so much for the love, Jonathan, and for starting our week off right.

Have a good Monday, everyone.


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Previously in this series:


Lesley Hazletons message to the city on April 4.
Lesley Hazleton's message to the city on April 4.

John Rodericks message to the city on April 3.
John Roderick's message to the city on April 3.

Bill Cartys message to the city on April 2.
Bill Carty's message to the city on April 2.

Price Suddarths message to the city on April 1.
Price Suddarth's message to the city on April 1.

Kary Waysons message to the city on March 31.
Kary Wayson's message to the city on March 31.

Ellen Forneys message to the city on March 30.
Ellen Forney's message to the city on March 30.

Major Scaless message to the city on March 29.
Major Scales's message to the city on March 29.

E. J. Kohs message to the city on March 28.
E. J. Koh's message to the city on March 28.

Ken Jenningss message to the city on March 27.
Ken Jennings's message to the city on March 27.

Demarre McGills message to the city on March 26.
Demarre McGill's message to the city on March 26.

Lynn Sheltons Message to the City on March 25th.
Lynn Shelton's Message to the City on March 25th.

Timothy White Eagles message to the city on March 24.
Timothy White Eagle's message to the city on March 24.

Cookie Coutures message to the city on March 23.
Cookie Couture's message to the city on March 23.

Sarah Rudinoffs message to the city on March 22.
Sarah Rudinoff's message to the city on March 22.

John Osebolds message to the city on March 21.
John Osebold's message to the city on March 21.


Ben Gibbards message to the city on March 21.
Ben Gibbard's message to the city on March 20.

Nathan Chans message to the city on March 19.
Nathan Chan's message to the city on March 19.

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