Andreas, did you know that Schiff lives in Italy now (near Florence, I think)? Some years ago he founded a small ensemble, called "Cappella Andrea Barca, after the Italian translation of his name.
No, I didn´t know that, but it´s very interesting. You know, I feel a little bit connected with him, because I have met him between 1985 and 1990 every year in Prussia Cove (Cornwall/England) during the "International Musicians Seminar" (directed by Sandor Vegh/Yehudy Menhuin). (I don´t know, if he would remember me, even I made him an own composition as gift then. There were so much students then and he seemed not to be too much interested in my composition.) There I have met also Ferenc Rados, Tamas Vasary and Giörgy Kurtag. So, I´m really influenced a bit by the Hungarian direction. It was really a great time then and I miss it somehow. Later I saw him again several times in Cologne (Köln, where he played in the Philharmonie) and one times in Neuss (my old home, where he played the whole WTC I in one evening by heart in a little barn on "Museumsinsel Hombroich").
"Andrea Barca" is funny, because it´s the word-by-word translation of his name. He could have named it "Andreas Schiff" for a good german sound and to remember his namesake on PS. Btw, did you know, that "Andrea" is a female prename in german? I have met an Italian as a child, who was called "Andrea" and first I really thought, he was a girl (he also looked a bit like a girl).
I'm referring to musical ideas, so they're more easily shown at the piano than verbally explained. For me it's enough that you, Andreas and others notice them and enjoy. Music making should be just about that.
I second that and I enjoy your musical thoughts very much.