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Shai Wosner

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, 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 has been widely praised for his interpretations of Franz Schubert’s solo works, both in concert and in recording. Following a recent Schubert-themed recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Washington Post called his performance “enthralling” and “technically remarkable,” and after his recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in an all-Schubert program, 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…” Mr. Wosner will continue to present Schubert works in recital throughout the 2013-14 season, with performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Cal Performances in Berkeley, in Fresno CA and Schenectady NY, at Wigmore Hall in London, and at the Festival de Musica de Camara in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Mr. Wosner’s most recent recording, released by Onyx in October 2011, features a selection of solo piano works by Schubert that incorporate elements of folk music. In its review of the album, Gramophone magazine wrote,” With this recital Shai Wosner declares himself a Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character.” Mr. Wosner’s 2010 debut recording, also released by Onyx, juxtaposed works by Brahms and Schoenberg and was called an “inventively conceived and impressive recording” by The New York Times. His next recording, with frequent recital partner violinist Jennifer Koh, featuring works by Janáček, Bartók and Kurtág, will be released by Cedille Records in the fall of 2013.
This season, Mr. Wosner’s orchestral engagements include Mozart piano concertos with the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate, the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Andrew Manze, and the Discovery Ensemble led by Courtney Lewis at Boston’s Jordan Hall. He plays Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Pasadena Symphony conducted by Jajha Ling and the German premiere of Michael Hersch’s concerto “Along the Ravines” (a work he commissioned and premiered with the Seattle Symphony in 2012) with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie–Saarbrücken led by Tito Muñoz. Additional concert highlights include a performance with the Miró Quartet at Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, a duo recital tour with violinist Veronika Eberle including a performance at Wigmore Hall, a duo recital with cellist Matthew Barley at the Concertgebouw featuring standard rep as well as free form improvisation, and a third Wigmore Hall concert with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.

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. 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, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. He performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a concert that was broadcast on American Public Radio. In Europe, he has appeared with the Bournemouth Symphony, Staatskapelle Berlin, LSO St. Luke’s, Gothenburg Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, and at Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall, 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 such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Gunther Herbig, James Judd, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Donald Runnicles, and Leonard Slatkin.

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 Fröst, Lynn Harrell, Dietrich Henschel, 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 duo recital with baritone Wolfgang Holzmair at the 92nd St. Y in New York, 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 Atlanta’s 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 a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He was in residence with the BBC as a 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 now resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
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SCHUBERT Klavierstuck, D. 946, No. 1 / JÖRG WIDMANN Idyll and Abyss: Six Schubert Reminiscences / SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960

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