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Biography

Shai Wosner continues to attract internationalrecognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity andcreative insight. With imaginative programming that communicates hisintellectual curiosity, Wosner performs a wide-ranging repertoire fromMozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation.Hailed by the Financial Times as "an artist to follow keenly", Wosner’svirtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favoriteamong audiences and critics alike.

Inthe 2008-2009 season Mr. Wosner appears in recitals throughout the USand Europe, including London's Wigmore Hall, the Musée d'Orsay in Parisand The 92nd Street Y in New York.  Recent and upcoming orchestralengagements include his critically-acclaimed debut with The ClevelandOrchestra, his return to the Atlanta and Houston symphonies, theChamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Fresno Philharmonic, theIndianapolis and North Carolina symphonies. He also continues hisextensive performing and recording activity as a BBC New GenerationArtist, which he was named in September 2007. His residency thisseason, to be broadcast throughout the BBC Radio 3 network, encompassesrecital, chamber-music and concerto repertoire, as well as directingtwo Mozart concerti from the keyboard.

Highlights of his 2009-2010 season include his subscription debut withthe Chicago Symphony Orchestra, engagements with the BBC ScottishSymphony (a Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall as well assubscription concerts), recitals as a soloist and in duos withviolinists Jennifer Koh and Viviane Hagner.

In recent seasons, Wosner has appeared with numerous major orchestrasin North America and Europe, including re-engagements with The LosAngeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, the National Arts CentreOrchestra and performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, thesymphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta,Dallas, Milwaukee, Columbus and Memphis; the Saint Paul ChamberOrchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra ofPhiladelphia; Staatskapelle Berlin, the Gothenburg Symphony, theBarcelona Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Orchestre Nationalde Belgique, among others. In 2006 he debuted with the ViennaPhilharmonic during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart'sbirth, in Salzburg. He has worked with conductors such as DanielBarenboim, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Runnicles, Hans Graf,Alan Gilbert,  Peter Oundjian, James Conlon, James Judd and Yan PascalTortelier.

Wosner is widely sought after byhis colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership. As achamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous esteemed artistsincluding Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin and ChristianTetzlaff. From 2002-2004, he was a member of Lincoln's Center's ChamberMusic Society Two. He regularly performs at various chamber musicfestivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland and La Jolla'sSummerFest. Other summer festival appearances include the RaviniaFestival, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Grand Teton Music Festival,and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. His many chamber musicengagements in the 2008-2009 season include a performance with membersof The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. Other collaborationsthis season include a performance of the Mozart concerto for threepianos with Joseph Kalichstein and Alon Goldstein and the New YorkString Orchestra with Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. For severalconsecutive summers, Wosner was also involved in the West-Eastern DivanWorkshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with theWest-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed abroad musical education from a very early age, studying piano withEmanuel Krasovsky as well as composition, theory and improvisation withAndré Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax.

Shai lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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