Chaired by our co-Artistic Director, Paul Lewis, and featuring a roster of world-leading pianists and musicians, our Jury is supremely placed to identify and nurture the very best pianists at The Leeds.
Paul Lewis CBE
Paul Lewis CBE is Chair of the 2018 jury and co-Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D’or de l’Annee, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
He appears regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, NHK Symphony, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland, Tonhalle Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestras.
Plans for the 2016/17 season include Beethoven concerto cycles with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances with the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding, the Philharmonia with Andris Nelsons, the Chicago Symphony with Manfred Honeck, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink. The 2017/18 season sees the start of a two year recital series exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s bagatelles and Diabelli Variations.
Paul Lewis’s recital career takes him to venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Alice Tully and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus. He is also a frequent guest at the some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Lucerne, and the BBC Proms where in 2010 he became the first person to play a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in a single season.
His multi-award winning discography for Harmonia Mundi includes the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, concertos, and the Diabelli Variations, Liszt’s B minor sonata and other late works, all of Schubert’s major piano works from the last six years of his life including the 3 song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore, solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky, and the Brahms D minor piano concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Future recording plans include a multi-CD series of Haydn sonatas, Beethoven’s bagatelles, and works by Bach.
Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. He is co-Artistic Director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK, and the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Adam Gatehouse is co-Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition and jury member for all rounds.
Adam was born in London and studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where his teachers included Sir Adrian Boult and Andre Previn.From 1974 to 1991 he enjoyed an international career as conductor, working as Music Director with Ballet Rambert, Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, and guest conducting at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Canada and the USA.
From 1991 to 2013, Adam was a producer and later Editor Live Music with BBC Radio 3, where he has worked with many of the leading artists of the time such as Mitsuko Uchida, Itzak Perlman, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott and Pierre Boulez. In 1998 he launched the BBC Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Concert series, Radio 3’s flagship Chamber Music Series. He also started the LSO St. Luke’s Lunchtime Concert series in collaboration with the LSO. In 1999 he created and for 14 years was Editor of BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme, which helped launch the careers of over 100 international artists and ensembles, including Paul Lewis, Stephen Osborne, the Belcea Quartet, Alison Balsom, Alice Coote, Janine Jansen and more recently Benjamin Grosvenor and Igor Levit. While at BBC Radio 3 he curated and edited several special composer series, including special days for Verdi, Janacek, Berlioz and Walton, and two “composer weeks” devoted to the music of Tchaikovsky (2009) and Schubert (2012). His programmes have won numerous awards, including the Sony Awards for documentaries about Prokofiev and Rudolf Nureyev.
In July 2013 he conducted the world premiere of “and the Crowd (wept)”, a new opera by Erick Flores and Afsaneh Gray, at Riverside Studios in London as part of the Tete à Tete Festival. He has served on the juries of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Leeds International Piano Competition. Adam Gatehouse was also the Founder and Director of the internationally acclaimed Festival de Valloires in Picardy, France.
The Crystal Award winner of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, SA CHEN was named “a brilliant pianist” by the great pianist Emanuel Ax. Her first major performance was in 1996, at the age of 16, when she was seen live on BBC Television competing in the final round of the Leeds International Piano Competition, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony.
Chen was born in Chongqing, China. She began her musical studies with Dan Zhaoyi at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and continued with him at the Shenzhen School of Arts. In 1994, Chinese President Jiang Zemin listened to her performance and interviewed her along with Zhaoyi. Following her success in Leeds in 1996, she was offered a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with Joan Havill and earned a Master’s Degree in Performance. Chen also studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, and now lives in Germany.
Major awards and honors began in 1994 for Chen, when she won first prize at the 1994 China International Piano Competition. Winning fourth prize in the 1996 Leeds International Piano Competition as the youngest contestant marked the beginning of Sa Chen’s international career. This was followed by Second Prize at the Dudley Millennium Competition (2000) and at Guildhall; the Spender Boney Memorial Prize (1999); the Silver Medal and Crystal Glass Trophy in the Gold Medal Concerto Competition (2000); First Prize of the Beethoven Competition (2000); and the Concert Recital Diploma Premier Prix of Guildhall (2000). She also participated at the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in October 2000, at which she claimed the Best Polonaise Performance Award as well as the Fourth Prize overall. Her Crystal Award in the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition solidified her reputation as one of the most outstanding pianists in the world today, and also made her the only pianist in history to be awarded in all the top three piano competitions.
As a soloist, Sa Chen has worked with many celebrated conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edo de Waart, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Louis Lane, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Ilan Volkov, Kazimierz Kord, Bernhard Gueller, Muhai Tang, Long Yu, Jan Krenz, and Howard Griffiths, several of whom offered return engagements. She has performed with, among many others, the Takács Quartet, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Strasbourg Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Her solo performances have taken Chen to many of the world’s leading music centers, including Washington, DC, London, Warsaw, Milan, Berlin, Zurich, Linz, Basel, Copenhagen, and Boston. Sa Chen has given concerts in the United States (her U.S. debut took place in April 2002), Canada, Asia (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo), in Tel Aviv, and at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Among her many festival credits are the Duszniki Chopin Festival, Louisiana Museum, the Lockenhaus Chamber Festival, and Le Musiques festival. In China, she appeared at the Beijing Music Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition Festival, and the Gulangyu Piano Festival.
Thomas Larcher stands out as one of the most imaginative voices in classical music today. Born in Innsbruck in 1963, Thomas Larcher grew up in Austrian Tyrol and studied composition and piano in Vienna. Today he is celebrated internationally as a composer, pianist and programmer. His music is inventive and captivating, as he combines contemplative harmonies with extended performance techniques – at once experimental and responsive to tradition.
New works in the 2015/16 season include Larcher’s forth string quartet Lucid Dreams (2015) for the Belcea Quartet’s 20th anniversary season (performances in London, Vienna, Luxembourg, Berlin and Grenoble), Ouroboros (2015) for cello and chamber orchestra, written for Jean-Guihen Queyras (performances in Amsterdam, Lausanne, Munich, Vienna, Oslo, Orebro and Hong Kong) and a concerto for orchestra for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, which will be premiered in Vienna in June 2016.
Larcher’s early works are characterized by his preoccupation with the piano and its tonal qualities. He established new benchmarks in piano literature with compositions such as Naunz for piano solo (1989), Kraken for violin, cello and piano (1994/5), Mumien for cello and piano (2001). A series of string quartets Cold Farmer (1999), Ixxu (1998–2004) and Madhares (2006/7) continued his path of exploration, absorbing and crossing stylistic boundaries, ‘wandering freely among musical traditions’. The quartets contain highly original sounds, often derived from extended string playing techniques.
Larcher began using the colourful timbres of the orchestra, starting with his solo concertos – Still (2002) for viola and orchestra, Böse Zellen for piano and chamber orchestra (2006) and the Violin Concerto (2008). His first large orchestral score, written for the San Francisco Symphony in 2011 and conducted by Osmo Vänskä, was Red and Green, a pair of movements with contrasting tonal colouring. Critic Stephen Smoliar commented: “The result is a highly unique listening experience with a perfectly valid aesthetic of beauty … my only regret was having but one opportunity to experience this stunning music.” Later that year, the Double Concerto for violin and cello was commissioned and premiered at the BBC Proms with Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley under the direction of Ilan Volkov, for which Larcher was awarded the International category of the British Music Awards 2012.
Larcher’s skill in writing for the voice is evident in his astonishing and highly original works for ensemble and orchestra including My Illness is the Medicine I Need (2002) for soprano and piano trio, a much performed work that has recently been arranged by the composer in a version for soprano and ensemble, Heute (2005) for soprano and orchestra, and Die Nacht der Verlorenen (2008) for Matthias Goerne and the London Sinfonietta.
In 2014, A Padmore Cycle, originally for tenor and prepared piano, was recomposed as an orchestral score with voice and was premiered by the BBCSO under Edward Gardner in November 2014. It is scheduled for performance in Munich next season. Tim Ashley in the Guardian wrote, “Larcher’s writing fits Padmore’s voice like a glove, erasing its register breaks, showcasing its purity of sound and flexibility.”
In 2015, Alle Tage, a symphony for baritone and orchestra, was premiered by Matthias Goerne with Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and with Christoph Eschenbach and the Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig.
Larcher has been Composer in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Mozarteum Orchester, Wigmore Hall, and many festivals including Davos, Heimbach, Risör, Mondsee and Bantry.
In 2015 he received the Austrian “Kunstpreis” for music and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Elise L. Stoeger Prize 2014/15, awarded every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the field of chamber music composition.
ECM has recorded three discs of Larcher’s works, establishing his distinctive voice: Naunz (2001), Ixxu (2006), and Madhares (2010). What Becomes with Mark Padmore and Tamara Stefanovich was released on harmonia mundi in 2014. His recordings have been awarded several international prizes, including the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Choc de la musique, and the Diapason d’Or.
Larcher is highly regarded as a pianist; his repertoire is broad, ranging from his Schubert/Schönberg CD with ECM to accompanying Mark Padmore in Schubert’s Schwanengesang or Matthias Goerne on the highly acclaimed recording of Hanns Eisler’s Ernst Gesaenge –Lieder with piano.
In recent years Larcher has begun conducting, working with orchestras such as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester, Netherlands Radio Kamerfilharmonie and with soloists including Isabelle Faust and Igor Levit.
In 1994 Larcher founded the festival KLANGSPUREN, now an international renowned festival for contemporary music. He stepped down in 2003 to establish the Swarowski MUSIK IM RIESEN festival in Wattens, Austria which he still runs, a gathering of the best international chamber musicians in May each year.
Thomas Larcher’s works are published by Schott Music London.
Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with a tenure extending to 2020.
Henning’s extraordinary reach as an artist is a result of his versatility and passion for music, as well as the genuine quality to his playing and the beauty of his performances. His teaching and educational writings provide fascinating insights into his multi-faceted approach to music-making, while his composing, arranging and improvising – frequently bringing his own works into the concert hall – recall the spirit of the old masters such as Fritz Kreisler and Eugène Ysaÿe.
Henning is invited time and again to join many of the world’s most significant orchestras, most recently the Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, as well as the Danish National Symphony, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna and Brussels Philharmonic.
Henning is a prolific composer whose works are performed by many prominent musicians and orchestras around the globe. His largest-scale work to date is entitled Equinox: 24 Postludes in All Keys for Violin and String Orchestra. Commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with Henning as soloist, the work was composed as a musical counterpart to a story specially written by world-famous author Jostein Gaarder, and has been hailed as “a fascinating composition to return to over and over again” (MusicWeb International).
Henning’s output as a composer also includes Preghiera, commissioned and performed by the Brodsky Quartet in 2012, and The Last Leaf, given its first performance in 2014 by the Britten Sinfonia, as well as cadenzas for two of Haydn’s cello concertos commissioned by Clemens Hagen in 2015 and Victimae Paschali for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. In 2017, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra commissioned and performed Topelius Variations for string orchestra, which Henning performs again in the 17/18 season in an extensive national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Other highlights of the current season include return visits to the Portuguese Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Macao orchestras for play/direct projects, and concerto engagements with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Hallé and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras.
With his ever-present spirit of discovery, Henning gave the 21st century premiere of the Johan Halvorsen Violin Concerto with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra at the 2016 Risør Chamber Music Festival. Originally premiered in 1909, the concerto was subsequently considered lost until its re-discovery over 100 years later. Henning went on to play the work with the Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras, and in 2017 released a recording on the Naxos label with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Bjarte Engeset, leading BBC Radio 3’s Record Review to comment, “It’s difficult to imagine more ardent advocates for this sleeping beauty of a piece”.
Henning regularly performs both on violin and viola at major festivals and venues; recent collaborations have taken place at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Bruges Concertgebouw and Berlin Konzerthaus, with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Lawrence Power, Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse, Imogen Cooper, Adrian Brendel, Christian Poltéra and Jeremy Menuhin. Last season saw Henning appearing at Budapest’s kamara.hu festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. In the 17/18 season, he returns to the Wigmore Hall with Natalie Clein and Christian Ihle Hadland, performs with the Nash Ensemble in Bern and gives a recital with Kathryn Stott at Musis Arnhem.
In 2015, Henning became International Chair in Violin at the Royal College of Music in Manchester, and in 2017 was announced as the recipient of a Fellowship. Passionate about musical education, Henning is a Professor at the Barratt Due music conservatoire in Oslo, and in 2018 is a Jury member at the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, where he also performs the opening concert with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Henning’s eclectic discography includes many recordings on the Naxos label, the most recent being Mozart Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5, including Henning’s own cadenzas, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The CD was awarded an ECHO Klassik Award and chosen as Classic FM’s Album of the Week, NDR Kultur’s CD of the Week, Editor’s Choice in Classical Music Magazine, Recommended in The Strad, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review where it was hailed as “so alive with such engaging articulation”. In 2013, also on Naxos, Henning released Grieg’s three sonatas, arranged for violin and chamber orchestra by Henning and Bernt Simen Lund.
On the Simax label, Henning’s most recent release is a collaboration with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and world-famous author Erik Fosnes Hansen. Entitled Between the Seasons, the disc features Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons interspersed with Henning’s own compositions. Also for Simax, Henning has recorded the complete solo sonatas of Ysaÿe, on a disc which won the prestigious Spellemann CD award. On the ACT label, he released a disc entitled Last Spring which explored improvisations on Norwegian folk music with jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft. Henning also appeared in a major television and cinema documentary about the Norwegian 19th century violin virtuoso and composer, Ole Bull, and received the Ole Bull Prize in 2007.
Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize for his interpretations and recording of Sibelius’ music around the world.
Henning Kraggerud plays on a 1744 Guarneri del Gesù, provided by Dextra Musica AS. This company is founded by Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
Imogen Cooper CBE
Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism.
During the 2016/17 season she will perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony with Simone Young and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard. Solo recitals will include Boston, London and Australia. Last season, she appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, Seattle Symphony and Kioi Sinfonietta in Japan, as well as performing recitals in New York, Philadelphia and Paris.
Imogen Cooper has a widespread international career and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Budapest Festival and NHK Symphony Orchestras. She has also undertaken tours with the Camerata Salzburg, Australian and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. She has played at the BBC Proms and with all the major British orchestras, including particularly close relationships with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia, play/directing. Her recital appearances have included Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vienna, Prague, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and an extensive tour in Australia.
As a supporter of new music, Imogen Cooper has premiered two works at the Cheltenham International Festival; Traced Overhead by Thomas Adès (1996) and Decorated Skin by Deirdre Gribbin (2003). In 1996, she also collaborated with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the premiere of the quintet, Voices for Angels, written by the ensemble’s viola player, Brett Dean.
Imogen Cooper is a committed chamber musician and has performed regularly with the Belcea Quartet and cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. As a Lieder recitalist, she has had a long collaboration with Wolfgang Holzmair in both the concert hall and recording studio. Her discography also includes Mozart Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia (Avie), a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall (Wigmore Live) and a cycle of solo works by Schubert recorded live and released under the label ‘Schubert Live’. Her recent recordings for Chandos Records feature music by Brahms, Chopin and Robert and Clara Schumann.
Imogen Cooper received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2007 and was the recipient of an award from the Royal Philharmonic Society the following year. In 1997 she was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music and in 1999 she was made a Doctor of Music at Exeter University. Imogen Cooper was the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education at the University of Oxford for 2012-13. The Imogen Cooper Music Trust was founded in 2016, to support young pianists at the cusp of their careers, and give them time in an environment of peace and beauty.
Gillian Moore CBE
Gillian Moore is Director of Music at the Southbank Centre.
Gillian Moorewas appointed Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre in December 2011, having joined the organisation as Head of Contemporary Culture in 2006. Before 2006, she had a long association with both Southbank Centre and the London Sinfonietta. She was the Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta from 1998 to 2006, combining that post with running the audience development programme Inside Music at the Royal Festival Hall and being a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music.
In 1998 she was also Artistic Director of the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester. She was Head of Education at Southbank Centre from 1993 to 1998, developing an approach that integrated educational and artistic activity. From 1983 to 1993, she was the Education
Officer at London Sinfonietta, the first such post of its kind in the UK.
During her career, Gillian has collaborated with many of the great musical and artistic figures of our age, from Luciano Berio to
Radiohead, from Harrison Birtwistle to Squarepusher, from Steve Reich to Akram Khan and has commissioned many significant new works. In 1991 Gillian was awarded the Sir Charles Groves Award for services to British music, in 1992 she was created an Honorary Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 1994 she was awarded an MBE for services to music and education.
Gillian received the Association of British Orchestras Award in 1998 for contribution to British orchestral life, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2000. She was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2003 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University in 2006.
Gillian regularly writes and broadcasts about music. In particular, she is a regular contributor to BBC Television’s coverage of The Proms and to BBC Radio 3. Gillian is a council member of the Royal College of Music and of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation.
Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto. Lars Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras as a conductor and in September 2015 took up his post as Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage, Gateshead.
During his prestigious career Lars Vogt has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvo, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “pianist in Residence” in 2003/4.
Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight.
His performances of a broad range of repertoire—from Beethoven and Schubert to Ligeti and the music of today—reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered).
In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Wosner launches his recital series Schubert: The Great Sonatas, which continues his career-long, critically acclaimed engagement with the composer’s music. Described as a “Schubertian of unfaltering authority and character” by Gramophone, he performs Schubert’s last six piano sonatas over multiple concert programs at92nd Street Y in New York, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and other venues throughout the United States and Japan. Mr. Wosner’s recital repertoire this season also includes works from his latest solo recording, Impromptu (Onyx Classics, 2017), which features an eclectic mix of improvisationally inspired works by composers from Beethoven and Schubert to Gershwin and Ives. The pieces range from true improvisations to such stylized miniatures as Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D935, and together they reflect Mr. Wosner’s interest in exploring subtle connections between works of contrasting styles and time periods. Impromptu forms the basis for a fall recital program presented by Peoples’ Symphony Concerts in New York.
Additional 2017-18 highlights include season-opening performances in Singapore (with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra) and Jerusalem, including a performance of duo-piano works by Debussy and Ravel with Martha Argerich at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. In May, Mr. Wosner premieres Dissolving Margins—a new work composed for him by Christopher Cerrone—with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain; scored for piano and strings, the work is based on the writings of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante and will receive its U.S. premiere at the Chautauqua Festival in July 2018.
Further appearances as a soloist include performances with the Boulez Ensemble (at the new Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin), Aurora Orchestra in the U.K., and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He also continues the Bridge to Beethoven series with his longtime collaborator, violinist Jennifer Koh, in recitals across the nation, appears in duo recitals with violinist Veronika Eberle (in Japan) and cellist István Várdai (in Hungary and the U.S.), and performs in chamber music by Fauré with cellist Steven Isserlis as part of the International Musicians Seminar in the U.K.
Mr. Wosner records for Onyx Classics, and his recordings have been widely praised for their inventive pairings of classical and modern masters. His most recent release, Impromptu, goes further by featuring seven composers—Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Dvořák, Gershwin, and Ives—in thirteen solo piano works. Previous releases include concertos and capriccios by Haydn and Ligeti with the Danish National Symphony conducted by Nicholas Collon, solo works by Brahms and Schoenberg, and works by Schubert paired with new works by Missy Mazzoli.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Wosner has recorded Beethoven’s complete sonatas and variations for cello and piano with Ralph Kirshbaum for Onyx Classics, as well as works by Bartók, Janáček, and Kurtág with violinist Jennifer Koh for Cedille Records.
Mr. Wosner is a recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award—a prize he used to commission Michael Hersch’s concerto Along the Ravines, which he performed with the Seattle Symphony and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in its world and European premieres. He was in residence with the BBC as a New Generation Artist, during which he appeared frequently with the BBC orchestras, including conducting Mozart concertos from the keyboard with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony in both subscription concerts and Proms performances with Donald Runnicles and appeared with the BBC Philharmonic in a live broadcast from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
As a concerto soloist in the U.S., Mr. Wosner has appeared with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, among others. In addition to the BBC orchestras, he has performed abroad with the Barcelona Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, LSO St. Luke’s, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, Orchestre National de Belgique, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Vienna Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Wosner has also appeared with the Orpheus, St. Paul, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, having conducted the latter from the keyboard in a 2010 concert that was broadcast on American Public Radio.
Mr. Wosner has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Gunther Herbig, James Judd, Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Jeffrey Tate, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, and has performed at summer festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Bravo! Vail festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and Ravinia Festival. For several consecutive summers, he was involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Mr. Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Widely sought after by colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership, Mr. Wosner has collaborated as a chamber musician with numerous artists, including Martha Argerich, Martin Fröst, Lynn Harrell, Dietrich Henschel, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jennifer Koh, Cho-Liang Lin, Christian Tetzlaff, and Pinchas Zukerman. He has also collaborated with leading chamber ensembles, including the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet in The Schubert Effect recital series. Mr. Wosner is a former member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and performs regularly at various chamber music festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Piano Aux Jacobins festival in France, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Recent chamber music engagements include performances presented by the Internationale Beethovenfeste in Bonn and Kunstfreunde Wiesloch; Beethoven recitals with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, among other venues; a performance of Berg’s Chamber Concerto presented by the Kammerakademie Potsdam; and Bridge to Beethoven recitals with violinist Jennifer Koh.
Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age, studying piano with Opher Brayer and Emanuel Krasovsky, as well as composition, theory, and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Mr. Wosner is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music in Boston. He resides in New York with his wife and two children.
For more information on Mr. Wosner, please visit his fan page on Facebook and go to shaiwosner.com.September 2017
First Round Jury
Adam Gatehouse is co-Artistic Director of the Leeds International Piano Competition and jury member for all rounds.
Adam was born in London and studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where his teachers included Sir Adrian Boult and Andre Previn.From 1974 to 1991 he enjoyed an international career as conductor, working as Music Director with Ballet Rambert, Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra, and guest conducting at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Canada and the USA. From 1991 to 2013, Adam was a producer and later Editor Live Music with BBC Radio 3, where he has worked with many of the leading artists of the time such as Mitsuko Uchida, Itzak Perlman, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott and Pierre Boulez. In 1998 he launched the BBC Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Concert series, Radio 3’s flagship Chamber Music Series. He also started the LSO St. Luke’s Lunchtime Concert series in collaboration with the LSO. In 1999 he created and for 14 years was Editor of BBC Radio 3’s prestigious New Generation Artists scheme, which helped launch the careers of over 100 international artists and ensembles, including Paul Lewis, Stephen Osborne, the Belcea Quartet, Alison Balsom, Alice Coote, Janine Jansen and more recently Benjamin Grosvenor and Igor Levit.
Ilana Vered is a chamber musician of distinction and has appeared with important chamber ensembles throughout the world.
Ilana has been heard with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed as soloist under the batons of most of the world’s finest conductors, including Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Colin Davis, and Mariss Jansons.
She is noted particularly for her frequent performances with the Tokyo String Quartet. A highlight of this collaboration was her world premiere performance with the ensemble of Ezra Laderman’s Piano Quintet at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.
She has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Merv Griffin Show, as well as guest performances on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations in the USA and the BBC in the UK. Ilana has founded three festivals, the Summerfest Series of Rutgers University, the Hamptons Summerfest, and Music Fest Perugia in Perugia, Italy, which is today the largest festival for classical young musicians in Italy.
Noriko has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since appearing as a finalist at the 1987 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records, confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Noriko appears with all the major European, Japanese and US orchestras including recent and forthcoming performances with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of Richard Dubugnon’s Piano Concerto.
Concert technician at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Hübsch started his career with an apprenticeship as a piano maker in Bayreuth. Since 1986 Thomas has been employed by Steinway & Sons in Berlin. For 25 years, he carried out duties in the concert service, he supported around 200 CD recordings and travelled with many leading pianists. He has also participated in many international piano competitions.
Since 2010 he has been responsible for the supervision of all concerts and keyboard instruments in the Berlin Philharmonie. Alongside this, he accompanies pianists on concert tours, and is involved in many piano and chamber music festivals internationally.