Posted: 9/29/11

Steinway Series Saturday at TAMIU with Guest Pianist Wosner



The Texas A&M International University Steinway Series returns Sunday, Oct. 2 with an all-Beethoven program by internationally acclaimed Israeli pianist, Shair Wosner. The concert starts at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust, Ann and George Neel and TAMIU Housing and Residence Life.

Called a “major talent” by the Chicago Tribune and “the star of the evening” by the Miami Herald, Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight.

His 2011-2012 season includes concerto appearances throughout the U.S., and recitals in the U.S. and Europe. Other recent and upcoming appearances include return engagements with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and the Jerusalem Symphony, among others; recitals at Wigmore Hall (broadcast live on BBC's Radio 3), Brighton Festival, Singapore International Piano Festival, Piano Aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Oxford Philomusica, and the Oregon Bach Festival as well as a guest appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.

In 2010, Wosner made his highly acclaimed subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was invited later that year to perform with the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. He also recently conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard, in a performance broadcast on American Public Radio. He has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and San Francisco.

In Europe, he has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Gothenburg Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, among others. In 2006, he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Salzburg, during the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.

He recently completed a residency as a BBC New Generation Artist, during which he recorded extensively for BBC Radio and played frequently with the BBC orchestras.

Born in Israel, he enjoyed a broad musical education from an early age and later studied at The Juilliard School.

A limited number of Wosner’s CD recordings will be available for purchase after the recital.

For a list of upcoming arts events, please visit tamiu.edu/coas/fpa/coe.shtml or call 326-ARTS (2787).

For more information, contact Dr. Fritz Gechter, associate professor of music and piano, at 326,2639 or email fgechter@tamiu.edu

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