Johannes Brahms ( 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897 ) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, he spent much of his professional life in Vienna. He is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, voice, and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire.

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  • Verbier Festival 25th Anniversary Concert: Great Pianists (2018)

    In this piano-focused portion of the 25th Anniversary Verbier Festival Concert, you will hear: B. Smetana's Sonata for 2 Pianos, J. Brahms' Souvenir de la Russie nos. 2-4, J.S. Bach's Jesus bleibet meine Freude (arr. M. Pletnev), S. Rachmaninoff's Romance, A. Dvorák's op. 72 Slavonic Dances no. 2...

  • Verbier Festival 25th Anniversary Concert (2018)

    To celebrate 25 years of the Verbier Festival, enjoy this extensive, star-studded program. Featuring J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 (BWV 1048), P. Sarasate & D. Sitkovetsky's "Navarra Fantasy," P. Heidrich's Happy Birthday Variations, B. Smetana's Sonata for 2 Pianos, J. Brahms' Souvenir ...

  • Verbier Festival presents Kristóf Baráti & Lucas Debargue in Recital (2018)

    Violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Lucas Debargue perform C. Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano, J. Brahms' op. 78 Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major, C. Franck's Violin Sonata in A major, and J. Brahms' Scherzo in C minor. Performed as part of the Verbier Festival.

  • Yefim Bronfman performs Brahms's Piano Concerto no. 2 (2017)

    Yefim Bronfman and the Verbier Festival Orchestra perform J. Brahms' op. 83 Piano Concerto no. 2 in B♭ major. Conducted by Antonio Pappano as part of the Verbier Festival.

  • BAndrás Schiff & the Verbier Festival perform Bach, Brahms & Schumann (2017)

    Under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy, the Verbier Festival Orchestra performs R. Schumann's op. 28 Symphony no. 1 and pianist András Schiff performs J.S. Bach's Italienisches Konzert mvt. 1 (BWV 971). They join together to perform J. Brahms' op. 15, Piano Concerto no. 1. Performed as part of the ...

  • Dream of Gerontius-Prelude;Beethoven:Piano Concerto No.2; Brahms:Symphony (2019)

    Under the baton of Daniel Harding, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks performs E. Elgar's Overture from "Dream of Gerontius," J. Brahms' Symphony no. 4, and E. Elgar's op. 36 Enigma Variations "Nimrod." Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder joins them to perform L. Beethoven's op. 19 Piano Conc...