Cle Int’l Piano Competition Showcases Two Pianists @ Severance Hall

Sat 9/14 @ 8PM

The biennial Cleveland International Piano Competition will be taking place July 26-August 9, 2020. But in the meantime, the CIPC organization has a lot going on, sponsoring concerts and educational programs.

This weekend, at Severance Hall’s Reinberger Chamber Hall, it will be presenting a pair of pianists, Shai Wosner and Orion Weiss, who have collaborated often in the past.

Israeli pianist Wosner, now 43, moved to the U.S. at 21 to study at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Since then, he’s had a flourishing concert career that’s found him performing with major orchestras (including the Cleveland Orchestra) and big-name conductors in the U.S. and Europe, and working in collaboration with other musicians in small chamber ensembles.

The 37-year-old Weiss was also a student of Ax at the Juilliard School where he earned his degree. Prior to that, the Lyndhurst resident studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In February 1999, he made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 17, and the following month, he performed with it again, replacing Andre Watts with less than 24 hours notice. That’s some iron nerves!

The program includes Gravity (2005) and After Gravity (2007) by David Lang, Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata for Four Hands in C Major, and Johannes Brahms’ Sonata in F Minor for Two Pianos.

Tickets are $47.




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