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Shai Wosner, piano


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 contemporary composers, communicates his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity.

Mr. Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who have praised him for his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered) and for exemplifying a “remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance” (Chicago Sun Times).

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Be sure to hear all of Shai Wosner’s 2013 Festival performances listed below

Tuesday, July 30, 12:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Shai Wosner Piano Recital

Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 PM at Simms Auditorium/Albuquerque Academy
Schumann Songs, Schubert Strings

Thursday, August 1, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Schumann Songs, Schubert Strings

Sunday, August 4, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

Monday, August 5, 6:00 PM at St. Francis Auditorium
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer

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 contemporary composers, communicates his imaginative programming and intellectual curiosity. Mr. Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who have praised him for his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered) and for exemplifying a “remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance” (Chicago Sun Times).

Mr. Wosner’s 2012-13 season includes a seven-city tour throughout Germany and Belgium, a Schubert recital at the Kennedy Center, as well as solo appearances with various orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Berkeley Symphony. Mr. Wosner will appear in duo-recitals with violinist Jennifer Koh at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center followed by performances in Virginia, Arizona and Georgia.

In October 2011 Mr. Wosner released his second recital album on the Onyx label featuring solo piano works by Schubert. Reviewing the disc, BBC Music Magazine declared, “this puts him straight into the front rank of Schubertians”. Gramophone magazine wrote, “With this recital Shai Wosner declares himself a Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character.”   This album follows Mr. Wosner’s critically acclaimed debut recording, which juxtaposed works by Brahms and Schoenberg, released by Onyx in October 2010.

Mr. Wosner’s 2011-12 season included a concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3), a series of Beethoven Sonatas at LSO St. Luke’s, a return to the Baltimore Symphony, a duo recital with baritone Wolfgang Holzmair at the 92nd St. Y in New York, and a duo recital tour with violinist Jennifer Koh. In May 2012, together with the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwartz, Mr. Wosner premiered “Along the Ravines,” a new concerto by Michael Hersch written for him and commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. He also made his solo recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival performing an all-Schubert program, following which Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote, “In Schubert Mr. Wosner is not afraid to employ an enormous dynamic range. His pianissimos are uncommonly delicate and beautiful. But when the music moves him, his fortissimos can be steely and terrifying…The sheer drama and conceptual boldness of his performance drew you in.”

Mr. Wosner made his highly acclaimed subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and was invited to return later that year to perform with the orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. That year he also debuted with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducting from the keyboard in a performance broadcast on American Public Radio. He has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. In Europe, he has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Bournemouth Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, among others. In 2006, he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Salzburg, during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart’s birth. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Gunther Herbig, James Judd, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Donald Runnicles, and Leonard Slatkin.

Mr. Wosner is widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous esteemed artists including Martin Frost, Lynn Harrell, Dietrich Henschel, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jennifer Koh, Cho-Liang Lin, Christian Tetzlaff, and Pinchas Zukerman. He is a former member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and performs regularly at various chamber music festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Piano Aux Jacobins festival in France, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Recent chamber music engagements include a performance with members of The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall; a performance of the Mozart concerto for three pianos with Joseph Kalichstein and Alon Goldstein and the New York String Orchestra with Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall; collaborations with the Tokyo, Miró and Parker string quartets; and an appearance with the Georgian Chamber Players at Spivey Hall.   He has performed at summer festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. For several consecutive summers, Wosner was involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Mr. Wosner is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and he recently completed a residency as a BBC New Generation Artist, during which he played frequently with the BBC orchestras, including appearances conducting Mozart concertos from the keyboard with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony in both subscription concerts and performances at the Proms with Donald Runnicles, and appeared with the BBC Philharmonic in a live broadcast from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. His performances in recital, chamber music, and with orchestra continue to be broadcast on Radio 3.

Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age, studying piano with Emanuel Krasovsky as well as composition, theory and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Wosner lives in New York City.