Shai Wosner


Shai Wosner Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

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. This season he continues his career-long engagement with Schubert’s music in his recital series Schubert: The Great Sonatas comprising the composer’s final sonatas, with performances in Berkeley, Berlin, Buffalo, and Fresno. He performs with the Alabama, Detroit, Jerusalem, and Toronto symphony orchestras, tours with pianist Orion Weiss, and collaborates with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic musicians, and violinist Jennifer Koh in a continuation of their Bridge to Beethoven series. His latest recording Impromptu (Onyx), explores the connections within an eclectic mix of improvisationally inspired works by composers from Schubert to Ives. He is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and St. Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, and has performed with the Barcelona, Bournemouth, Frankfurt Radio, and Gothenburg symphonies, LSO St. Luke’s, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Vienna Philharmonic. Born in Israel, he studied piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky; composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu; and at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).