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 Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics.
Mr. Wosner continues his career-long, critically acclaimed engagement with Schubert’s music in his latest recital series, Schubert: The Great Sonatas. The series comprises the composer’s six final sonatas, which Mr. Wosner describes as “thick novels, rich with insight about the human condition.” Recitals take place at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and include a residency at Cal Performances in Berkeley as well as performances in Buffalo, Fresno, and Cambridge (MA). Mr. Wosner also performs works in Saint Paul and elsewhere from his latest solo recording, Impromptu (Onyx Classics), featuring an eclectic mix of improvisationally inspired works by composers from Beethoven and Schubert to Gershwin and Ives. His concerto performances include appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Concerto No. 21); the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Brahms’s Concerto No. 2); and the Alabama and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestras, the Musikalische Akademie of the National Theater Orchestra Mannheim, and Syracuse’s Symphoria (Schumann’s Piano Concerto). His chamber music collaborations include a six-city US tour with Orion Weiss, playing works for four hands and two pianos by Schubert and Brahms as well as David Lang’s companion pieces gravity and after gravity. He also performs with the Emerson String Quartet for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, musicians of the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall, cellist Steven Isserlis and violinist Laura Frautschi on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Twilight at Tarisio series, and violinist Jennifer Koh in a Bridge to Beethoven concert on Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series.
In addition to Impromptu, Mr. Wosner’s recordings for Onyx include concertos and capriccios by Haydn and Ligeti with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon; solo works by Brahms and Schoenberg; works by Schubert, both on a solo recording and paired with new commissions from Missy Mazzoli; and Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with Ralph Kirshbaum. He also performs works by Bartók, Janáček, and György Kurtág on a recording with Ms. Koh for Cedille.
Mr. Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, 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 performed with the Seattle Symphony and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. He was in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist, and he’s a former member of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).
For several summers, Mr. Wosner was involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop, led by Daniel Barenboim, and toured as a soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In the US, he’s appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco and with the chamber orchestras of Saint Paul and Los Angeles. He’s also performed with the Barcelona, Bournemouth, Frankfurt Radio, and Gothenburg symphony orchestras; National Arts Centre Orchestra; Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam; Belgian National Orchestra; Staatskapelle Berlin; Vienna Philharmonic; and LSO St. Luke’s, among other ensembles.
Born in Israel, Shai Wosner studied piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky and composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu. He also studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Wosner serves on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Boston.