Shai Wosner gives piano concert Feb. 19 for Mendelssohn

From press release

Shai Wosner, noted pianist, will give a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford. He will also offer a free adult master class earlier that day at Mendelssohn PAC.

Wosner, fresh off his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. With imaginative programming that communicates his intellectual curiosity, Wosner performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation. Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favorite among audiences and critics alike.

Born in Israel, Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from an 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.

In 2005, Wosner won an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The same year, he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, which led to the commission of Michael Hersch’s Chamber Concerto for Piano and 13 Players.

In recent seasons, Wosner has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America and Europe, including re-engagements with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Columbus and Memphis; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Staatskapelle Berlin, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Orchestre National de Belgique, among others. In 2006, he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic during the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, in Salzburg.

His program will consist of: Sonata No. 13 Quasi Una Fantasia in E-flat major op. 27, No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Fantasy in C major op. 17 by Roger Schumann; Sonata No. 14 QuasiUna Fantasia in C-sharp minor op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight” by Beethoven; and Fantasy in C minor, K. 475, Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457 by W. A. Mozart.

Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students, available at or by calling (815) 964-9713. Tickets will also be available at the door. The performance is sponsored by the Irene A. Glasford Memorial Fund.

Earlier that day, from 9 to 11 a.m., Wosner will offer an adult master class in piano at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. This master class will focus on advanced piano techniques and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Pianists participating in the class are Anne Marie Olson and Patricia Jeske. This master class is open to the public and free of charge to any interested teachers and music enthusiasts. No registration required.

From the Feb. 17-23, 2010 issue

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