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Pianist Shai Wosner Returns to Middlebury January 12

January 12, 2018

All-Schubert Program Plays to Artist’s Strengths

Middlebury, VT—Born in Israel and educated at Juilliard, pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. Known worldwide as a foremost interpreter of the works of the Austrian composer Franz Schubert, Wosner will treat audiences to an all-Schubert program at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on January 12.

Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll first discovered Wosner when he first visited Middlebury in 2011 as part of audience favorite Sophie Shao’s chamber ensemble, followed by a solo concert in 2013. His concert program will include opuses 42, 51, and 78, the “Fantasie.” These late sonatas are not only the culmination of Schubert’s piano works, but also some of the most profound essays in all of music. “We have certainly heard late Schubert sonatas performed before on the Robison stage—and even on the Liebowitz piano,” notes Coyne Carroll, “but the works are often a revelation in the hands of a different pianist, especially one as exceptional and insightful as Shai.”

This concert is part of the Nelson Chamber Music Series, an important program within the Middlebury Performing Arts Series, with support from PASS producer-level members Marny and Rob Lichtenstein.

 

About the Artist

A frequent recitalist and chamber musician, Shai Wosner is known for imaginative programming that links music of the past and present. His performances explore a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today. His virtuosity and intellectual curiosity have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered) and “remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance”(Chicago Sun-Times). Among his many awards are Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

Last season, he launched a new solo recital series in Tel Aviv, Israel, entitled Schubert: The Great Sonatas. His Middlebury concert is part of a U.S. tour of this career-defining work. Wosner, described as a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character” by Gramophone magazine, compares Schubert’s final piano sonatas to “thick novels, rich with insight about the human condition.”

Born 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 on the faculty at the Longy School of Music in Boston. He resides in New York with his wife and two children.

 

“The pianist Shai Wosner again proves himself a fine Schubertian with a gorgeously phrased and soulful interpretation…”—New York Times

 

“When playing these sonatas, I do get a sense of communing with the audience; […] they have an enveloping quality.”—Shai Wosner

 

 

Performance Details

Shai Wosner will perform on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $28 for adults; $22 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under (NEW youth ticket price!); and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets.

 

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(top right and bottom right) Pianist Shai Wosner plays an all-Schubert program at the Mahaney Center for the Arts January 12. Photo Jamie Jung

(top left and middle left) Pianist Shai Wosner plays an all-Schubert program at the Mahaney Center for the Arts January 12. Photo Marco Borggreve

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