"[Shai Wosner] is commanding but also relaxed enough to embody the spirit of improvisation that links these compositions. ... The unexpected success of having a Charles Ives improvisation serve as the bridge between impromptus by Chopin and Schubert is a testament to Wosner’s imagination and insight as a performer" (Colorado Public Radio, reviewing Shai's recent recording, Impromptu).
6/16/2017Shai is in Budapest! Here he is with students at the Festival Academy Budapest in a performance of Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2.
6/6/2017The WholeNote had nothing but praise for Shai's new CD: "[Wosner] imbues each piece with immediacy and freedom [and] makes them powerfully introspective and somewhat mystical. His playing is subtly hesitant and exploratory, creating the feeling that he’s never been here before, that this is in fact the moment of birth."
About Shai's Schubert sonatas in Israel last week, San Diego Jewish World says: "From the very first notes of the first sonata Wosner held the audience captive with his wide range and expressive musicality, bringing the music to life and setting it before us like a delectable feast." Shai brings the sonatas stateside soon!
Shai joins violinist Jennifer Koh at La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest 2017 on August 16, as The San Diego Union-Tribune highlights in its summer arts preview. Longtime duo partners, they perform Violin Sonatas by Beethoven, building on the success of their acclaimed Bridge to Beethoven concert series.
"Fresh on the heels of his exploration of the comic angles of Haydn and Ligeti comes “Impromptu,” a baker’s dozen of quasi-improvisatory pieces dispatched with Wosner’s characteristic combination of dexterity and interpretive subtlety." says Joshua Kosman at the San Francisco Chronicle
"Don't miss this satisfying listen!", says Gramophone in its June 2017 issue.
"Wosner’s abandonment of the still prevalent lexigraphic programming practices of so many classical recordings is laudable. It demonstrates that, along with fresh perspectives, unusual juxtapositions, effected with intelligence and taste, may yield a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts".
More praise for Shai's performance with the Aurora Orchestra on Friday.
Of the Ligeti Piano Concerto, critic Geoff Brown writes: "However mad the whirlpool, Wosner’s dexterity, flair and steely page-turner saw him through. ... This was a triumphant performance" (The Times and The Sunday Times).
"But the night belonged to Shai Wosner’s unusual mixture of showmanship and humility" (Bernard Hughes, The Arts Desk). Shai performed everything from Mozart to Ligeti with the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon at Kings Place in London.