Shai Wosner continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. With a repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation, he has been hailed by The New York Times as “a superb pianist” and by the Financial Times as “an artist to follow keenly.” Wosner is the recipient of both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the latter of which led to the commission of Michael Hersch’s Along the Ravines. He is also a recent graduate from the BBC New Generation Artists scheme.
In the 2009-10 season, Wosner made his critically acclaimed subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony with performances at the Proms and in subscription concerts under Donald Runnicles. He has also appeared in solo recitals throughout the US as well as in duo recitals with Viviane Hagner and Jennifer Koh. Other recent highlights include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra; his return to the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis and North Carolina; a re-engagement with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; and recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and The 92nd Street Y in New York.
Recent and upcoming engagements in Europe include a live broadcast performance with the BBC Philharmonic at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall; a UK tour with the Britten Sinfonia; recitals broadcast live on Radio 3 from the Wigmore Hall; and appearances at music festivals throughout Europe, including at the Hay-on-Wye Festival in the UK, the Stavanger Music Festival in Norway and Piano aux Jacobins in France.
His 2010-11 season includes subscription concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as solo recitals in the US and UK, and duo recitals with Martin Fröst, Christian Poltera, Dietrich Henschel and Jennifer Koh. In September 2010, Wosner releases a recording of Brahms and Schoenberg on the Onyx label.
He has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America and Europe, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra; the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, San Francisco, Dallas, Milwaukee, Columbus and Memphis; the Saint Paul and Orpheus chamber orchestras; the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; the Gothenburg, Barcelona and Frankfurt Radio symphonies; the Staatskapelle Berlin; and the Orchestre National de Belgique, among others. In 2006, he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic in Salzburg during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart’s birth. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Runnicles, Hans Graf, Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, James Judd and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Widely sought after by his colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership as a chamber musician, he has collaborated with artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin and Christian Tetzlaff. He is a former member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and performs regularly at chamber music festivals, including Portland’s Chamber Music Northwest and La Jolla’s SummerFest.
Born in Israel, Wosner studied piano with Emanuel Krasovsky, and composition, theory and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. He lives in New York City.