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"I know my place and my limits," the Hungarian-born pianist Andras Schiff said in a recent interview. We should all be so limited.

The versatile Mr. Schiff, 61, was speaking from California and referring, actually, to conducting. He had just led the San Francisco Symphony in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, from the keyboard, and in Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass, and played in a post-concert recital of Schubert lieder. And he was about to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mozart's Concerto No. 25 and Haydn's "Mass in Time of War," and then again accompany Schubert songs.