Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicate his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Mr. Wosner has appeared with major orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony in the US, and the Barcelona Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, LSO St. Luke’s and Staatskapelle Berlin in Europe, among others. He has worked with conductors Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta, and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Wosner is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, a prize he used to commission Michael Hersch’s concerto Along the Ravines, which he then performed with the Seattle Symphony and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie-Saarbrücken.
Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has been focused on the composer in recent seasons and has performed his solo works in recitals across the US and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Mr. Wosner is widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership and often performs duo recitals with violinists Jennifer Koh, Viviane Hagner, and Veronica Eberle. He is a former member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and performs regularly at various chamber music festivals. For several summers, he took part in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Mr. Wosner has recorded three albums of solo works which were released by Onyx: Schubert’s Six moments musicaux, D. 780, Missy Mazzoli’s Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos, and Schubert’s sonata in A Major, D. 959 in 2014; a selection of piano works by Schubert that incorporate elements of folk music in 2011; and his debut solo recording of works by Brahms and Schoenberg in 2010. His first joint recording with Jennifer Koh, Signs, Games + Messages, featuring works by Bartók, Janácek, Kurtág, was released in 2013 on the Cedille Records label.
During the 2015-16 season, Mr. Wosner continues his collaborations with violinist Jennifer Koh with the Bridge to Beethoven series. The project explores the impact and significance Beethoven has had on a diverse of composers and musicians. By pairing Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano with new works over four programs, this project seeks to ignite creative conversations around his music not only as a cornerstone of classical music but as a universal, culture-crossing source of inspiration. Bridge to Beethoven features new commissions from composers Vijay Iyer, Andrew Norman, and Anthony Cheung. Bridge to Beethoven will be presented in venues such as the 92nd Street Y, Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara, and Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, among others. Mr. Wosner’s upcoming orchestral engagements include performances with the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Be sure to hear Shai Wosner’s 2016 Festival performances listed below
Sunday, July 31, 6PM
Monday, August 1, 6PM
Tuesday, August 2, Noon
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