Paul Badura-Skoda has long been a symbol of the cultivation of Viennese classical music. Holder of the prestigious Bösendorfer-Ring, he is a celebrated guest at major international music festivals. Earlier in his life Badura-Skoda collaborated with such renowned conductors as Hans Knappertsbusch, Herbert von Karajan, Georges Szell and Karl Böhm. His recordings number beyond 200 including the complete cycles of the piano sonatas of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. He was a pioneer in proposing the use of period pianos in performance, which has become very popular around the world. His profound knowledge of instruments from Bach’s and Mozart’s style up to the present has given him the capacity to extract a quality of sound which never fails to surprise audiences and critics alike.