A captivating presence on the concert scene, award-winning pianist Yael Weiss has been hailed by many of today’s greatest musicians and critics for visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy and communicative power. Following a recent recital, the Washington Post portrayed her as “a pianist who delves deeply and tellingly into that cloudy area where fantasy morphs into improvisation, inventiveness being common to both.”
Ms. Weiss has performed across the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea and South America at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her New York recital debut, presented by the Metropolitan Museum, was acclaimed by the New York Times as, “remarkably powerful and intense . . . fine technique and musicianship in the service of an arresting array of music.” Ms. Weiss has appeared as soloist with the many international orchestras, include the Seattle Symphony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Brazil National Symphony and the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, among others. She is also a regular favorite at international music festivals, including Marlboro, Ravinia, City of London, Banff, Parry Sound, Caramoor, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.
Yael Weiss’s discography encompasses piano works by over a dozen composers, with two recent releases, “Robert Schumann: Piano Works” and “88 Keys to Joy”, both on the Koch International Classics label. Ms. Weiss is also devoted to chamber music, and tours worldwide with violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Clancy Newman as the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio. The Trio’s discography includes a 2011 CD release of Brahms and Smetana trios, as well as a recording of music by Paul Chihara, both on the Bridge Records label.
Ms. Weiss’s special projects include performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas. She is also devoted to new works, and has given world premieres of several solo works and concertos written for her, most recently Joel Feigin’s “Aviv Piano Concerto.” A new CD this season will feature premiere recordings of new piano trios by American composers.
Having been a frequent guest on National Public Radio, the BBC in London, and New York’s WQXR and WNYC, Yael Weiss is known to radio and television audiences worldwide. She has appeared numerous times on Israeli television, and presented a recital filmed live for NHK television in Japan.
Ms. Weiss has been honored with distinguished prizes from the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition. She is a recipient of the Presser Award as well as grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. She studied with Richard Goode and Edward Aldwell at the Mannes College of Music and with Leon Fleisher and Ellen Mack at the Peabody Conservatory.
An avid educator, Yael Weiss has presented master-classes for top institutions worldwide and served on the faculties of Indiana University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. At classicalminutes.com she has created a fresh resource for musicians and music-lovers, presenting “Classical Minutes”, a new series of daily podcasts on iTunes. She makes her home in New York City.