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. He 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, and has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, James Judd, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Mr. Wosner made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Salzburg, during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart's birth. As a BBC New Generation Artist in the 2007-09 seasons, he performed and recorded regularly with the various BBC orchestras, including at the BBC Proms with Donald Runnicles. 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 in its world and German premieres.
Widely praised for his interpretations of Schubert’s solo repertoire, Mr. Wosner has focused on the composer in recent seasons and has performed his solo works in recitals across the US and at London’s Wigmore Hall. In early 2015, he curates The Schubert Effect at the 92nd Street Y, in which he is joined by the Parker Quartet for a two-part recital series juxtaposing solo and chamber works by Schubert, Kurtág and Missy Mazzoli. He also performed solo works by Schubert and Ms. Mazzoli on a recording released by Onyx in November.
His orchestral engagements this season include a return to the Hamburg Symphony to perform Mozart concertos, following his debut with the orchestra last year; his debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and performances with the Indianapolis Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He also performs in recital in Atlanta and Philadelphia. Onyx released Mr. Wosner’s solo recording of a selection of piano works by Schubert that incorporate elements of folk music in October 2011, and his debut solo recording of works by Brahms and Schoenberg in August 2010. Cedille Records released Signs, Games + Messages, his first joint recording with Jennifer Koh, featuring works by Bartók, Janácek and Kurtág, in October 2013.
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 consecutive summers, he took part in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
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