Yael Weiss, piano
Through the 2020-2021 concert season, Yael Weiss' tour programs will include 2020: A Beethoven Odyssey, the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, to be presented in combination with short new compositions that explore the relationship between Beethoven’s musical world and our own early 21st century musical sphere. These programs are musical explorations, with Ms. Weiss' intelligent and interesting commentary, and will feature compositions from such esteemed composers as Paul Chihara, Paul Schoenfield, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Zhou Long. [More Information]
Yael Weiss is a captivating presence on the concert scene. Singled out for her visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy and communicative power, she is active as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. An award winning artist, she has appeared with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Camerata, and the Brazil National Symphony, among others. With a discography that encompasses piano works by over a dozen composers, her solo releases include "Robert Schumann: Piano Works" and "88 Keys to Joy", both on the Koch International Classics label. About her Schumann recording, Audiophile Magazine's Gary Lemco wrote: "Sensitive, scholarly renditions of alternative Schumann repertory, each a labor of love."
Ms. Weiss is also devoted to chamber music, and tours worldwide with her piano trio, the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio -- with violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Peter Stumpf. Trio recordings on the Bridge Records Label include works of Brahms, Smetana, Auerbach, Chen Yi, Newman and Schonfeld, with Clancy Newman, cellist.
Yael Weiss is a regular favorite at international music festivals including the Marlboro, Ravinia, City of London, Banff, Parry Sound, Caramoor, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. From 1999 to 2003 she served as Artistic Director of the Hersher Foundation Chamber Music Series in Connecticut. Yael Weiss is known to radio and television audiences worldwide, having been a frequent guest on National Public Radio, the BBC in London, and New York's WQXR and WNYC. 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 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition, and has been a recipient of the Presser Award as well as grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. She has presented master-classes for universities throughout the United States and Europe, and has served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music. She studied with Richard Goode and Edward Aldwell at the Mannes College of Music and with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. Yael Weiss makes her home in New York City.
"remarkably powerful and intense. . . fine technique and musicianship in the service of an arresting array of music."
The New York Times
"a pianist who delves deeply and tellingly… Weiss gave Schumann's "Humoreske," Op. 20, a fiery impetuosity"
The Washington Post
"her technical skill was dazzling, and in the softer, more intimate conversations between piano and orchestra, her depth of feeling and delicacy of touch were mesmerizing."
"I was particularly impressed with Weiss’s soft playing in the Adagio and her clean passagework in the finale. A terrific performance, able to stand with the best."
American Record Guide
"Her fingers were perfectly choreographed for incredible Promethean runs through Beethoven's Third Concerto. Weiss gave us melody and fireworks at the same time. Each note rang with clarity and sparkled with feeling"
The Connecticut Post
"Yael Weiss’s liquid tone and unfailingly wise phrasing, [displayed] with particular effectiveness in the first movement of the Beethoven"
”a pianist both technically adept and emotionally clued in… no keyboard hurdle seemed too high for her to conquer with aplomb."
"Pianist Yael Weiss, a 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition winner... played with a golden touch that could do no wrong."
Classical Voice North Carolina
"Yael Weiss managed both the lyricism and the subtle percussiveness of her assignment with consummate artistry."
"a seasoned performer and a versatile, adventurous pianist, who is equally at home with glittering arpeggios and the languid folkloric harmonies and rhythms of the Triple Concerto's third movement"
South Coast Today
"Sensitive, scholarly renditions of alternative Schumann repertory, each a labor of love”
[CD Review] Audiophile Audition
"her playing has depth, and her technique is impeccable."
[CD Review] Sequenza21.com
"Weiss, at the piano, produced gorgeous tones.... There was also in her playing what the Germans term "klang," tones crystal clear and yet emerging from the keyboard with harmonic overtones, a wondrous effect that not too many pianists can realize."
The Herald Times
"Yael Weiss attracted my attention immediately by her exceptionally strong, fluid left hand, able to generate sparkling arpeggios with a snap, rather than merely keeping time."
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The Creative Link Between the Written Score and the Listener
Beethoven: Sonata in B-flat Maj, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” 1st mvt. (live)
Beethoven: Sonata in f minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” 3rd mvt. (live performance)
Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” 1st mvt. (live performance)
Beethoven: Sonata in c minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique” 3rd mvt. (live performance)
Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastoral” 4th mvt. (live performance)
Beethoven: Sonata in c minor, Op. 111 1st mvt. (live performance)
Lera Auerbach: Ludwig's Nightmare
Mendelssohn Double Concerto (finale)
Mendelssohn Double Concerto (excerpt)
Brahms Op. 79, # 1
Bach Italian Concerto - Presto
Joel Feigin Piano Concerto