If you happen to be out west, don't miss Shai and Jennifer Koh performing Beethoven's Violin Sonatas No. 1, 2, & 9 ("Kreutzer") this evening at La Jolla Music Society's #SummerFest!
8/11/2017The San Diego Union-Tribune writes: "[Jennifer Koh] and her musical partner, pianist Shai Wosner, are particularly well-suited to perform Beethoven’s sonatas. They will play three Wednesday at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall [Aug. 16]." Koh adds: "Shai and I prepared for two years for the ‘Bridge to Beethoven’ concerts, and we’ve been touring with it for two more years. So we feel in sync playing the sonatas."
If you'll be in Vermont, catch Shai at Marlboro Music on Friday and Saturday, performing in Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" (arr. Schoenberg) and Fauré's Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15.
Next week, Shai is in La Jolla with Jennifer Koh for a concert of three Beethoven violin sonatas, building on their Bridge to Beethoven series launched in 2015. Yet, Shai's engagement with these works dates back years prior and includes this performance of the "Spring Sonata" with Alina Pogostkina at the 2013 Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyON1TBinDg
"You know there's a wonderful term in French when they say a premiere of a piece, they say creation," says Shai on his interview with Julie Amacher on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. He continues, "They say it was created, you know on such and such day. And I think I think that's relevant for every time the piece is played you're creating it. And I think the fact that it's not the same every time is what makes it so exciting."
Timothy Judd highlights Shai's recent recording, and two Chopin impromptus in particular, on The Listeners' Club: "Each offers its own unique, unfolding drama which seems to transport us, magically, to a different world- and all within a space of time barely exceeding five minutes. In this music, the piano seems to awaken and transform from inanimate ivory into an array of conversing voices."
This Saturday, July 29th at 8pm Shai will perform a program of Schubert, a continuation of his recital series this season, "Schubert: The Great Sonatas" at the Doctorow Center for the Arts with the Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter, NY. Don't miss it!
Impromptu – Piano Pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Dvořák, Gershwin, Ives, Liszt and Schubert. classicalear.co.uk
Looking forward to this week at the Steans Institute!
Shai joined Chris Johnson last week on KMFA, Classical 89.5 'Rideshare' for a conversation about his latest album "Impromptu." How do you create a framework to present seven different composers with varying styles into a cohesive album? Find out by listening here!
Have you listened to #Impromptu yet? Shai's latest album is a journey through impromptus (and a fantasy) by 7 composers, or as he describes it, "a posthumous jam session." Over the next few weeks, stay tuned and check back for links to tracks, special videos from the album, and Shai's commentary about these wild, intimate, witty, poetic, quirky, and gorgeous pieces!
"This CD is bewitching," says Michael Church in BBC Music Magazine this month. "By marshalling [these impromptus] together Wosner says something interesting about them: each may be a social misfit in normal company, but here can be seen as belonging to a clearly defined genre."