Jonathan Biss with the Curtis Orchestra

Some musicians express their deepest thoughts through playing. Others have a gift for beautifully articulating in words what they do and why they do it. Both qualities happen to reside in pianist Jonathan Biss, who performs Beethoven Sunday with the orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he once studied and now teaches.

We interviewed Biss this summer at his studio in New York in preparation for a multi-faceted project we're preparing on Curtis. Tentatively called "The Curtis Factor," the project involves a series of articles, plus an online video documentary and other elements. It's planned for launch in late fall, and here is an excerpt from our talk with Biss.

For more, see the pianist's website, which has some lovely clips from recordings, as well as his thoughts on various works and composers.