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Rising Star Pianist Shai Wosner Performs in Middlebury February 13

January 27, 2013

After Wowing Local Audience as a Collaborative Pianist, Wosner Returns for Solo Recital

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Middlebury, VT—Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. After a successful concert here in 2010, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series jumped at the chance to bring him back as a solo performer. His musical repertoire in each concert, called “inventively conceived and impressive” by the New York Times, often explores the inner connections between the musical languages of two composers. Accordingly, Wosner will pair works by Franz Schubert and Jorg Widmann on the first half of his February 13 recital, followed by works by Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven (including the “Waldstein” sonata) after intermission.

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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).

 
Wosner’s 2012–13 season includes a seven-city tour throughout Germany and Belgium, a Schubert recital at the Kennedy Center, and solo appearances with various orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Berkeley Symphony.
 
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From his childhood in Israel, 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. Wosner is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He recently completed a residency as a BBC New Generation Artist, playing frequently with the BBC orchestras, and even 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.

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Also back by popular demand is “Dinner and Conversation with Friends”—a buffet meal and creative conversation about the arts in the community—preceding the concert. The dinner commences at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Shai Wosner’s concert is on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., in the Concert Hall of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. It is made possible with support from Performing Arts Series Society Producer-level members. The Mahaney Center is located on the Middlebury College campus, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. Ample free parking is available. Concert tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Top and second photos: Marco Borggreve