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Ishay Shaer

Ishay Shaer

 

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"The sublime execution of Schumann’s Etudes Symphoniques was the hallmark of a truly all-round pianist ... a wonderful example of surprisingly calm pianistics ... a remarkable recital, deeply-warm-dark-red, full of suppressed passion and deeply rooted tradition. Reminds one of Murray Perahia, poet among pianists."
solo recital at Souvenir des Montagnards, Tilburg - November 2015 

"Ishay Shaer showed a constant rapport with the sonority of the piano, constantly maintaining a dialogue with the orchestra… impeccable performance in all aspects; technique and virtuosity at the service of the work [Shostakovich’ Piano Concerto No. 1] … the Israeli performer linked virtuosity to the sound drawn by the OFM".
Alejandro Fernández, Opinión de Málaga, January 2014

"At the piano, a young and brilliant pianist, one of those who you know guarantee impeccable technical reliability and a reading charged with the most deeply rooted musical tradition. Ishay Shaer comes across as restrained, reverential, secure but free of mannerisms. It is not only technique, but rather judgment, and a tempo that doesn't seek the brightness of velocity, but the tranquillity of profoundness".
Diario de Noticias de Navarra, November 2012

 

Considered one of the leading Israeli pianists of his generation, Ishay Shaer has performed in numerous concerts throughout the world and has won both national and international prizes. Among other venues, he has given recitals and concerto performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room in London, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Sala Sao Paulo, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, and Teatro Solis in Montevideo.

His performances include concerts for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima (Peru), Montreal Bach Festival in Canada, Swansea Festival of Music and Arts in the UK, Gdańsk Music Festival in Poland, "Semanas Musicales" de Frutillar in Chile, Dimitria Festival in Greece, the International Piano Series in the Hague and Souvenir des Montagards in Tilburg (Netherlands).

In recent years Ishay Shaer has established himself as a reputable chamber music performer. He has played with cellist Mischa Maisky, the Bennewitz Quartet, the ConTempo Quartet and the New Hellenic Quartet. His arrangement for piano trio of Beethoven's 'The Tempest' piano sonata has garnered praise and was described in the press as "an immeasurably pleasing masterwork… sounded like one of Beethoven's finest trios".

Ishay Shaer's upcoming concerts include chamber music concerts and solo recitals in the UK, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel, Paraguay and Chile.

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Ishay Shaer - Ravel, from Gaspard de la Nuit

Ishay Shaer - Ravel, from Gaspard de la Nuit

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Ishay Shaer

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"Shaer treats the composer’s allusions by "reading" both the musical and the literary texts: Asking questions, providing answers, leading dialogues, meditating, narrating or being impulsively enthusiastic. Ideas that seem as though they develop at the very moment give his interpretation of the piece a persuasive originality".
Fritz Herzog, General-Anzeiger Bonn

"…an outstanding Chopin player, investing the Sonata No. 3 with the delicacy and power it demands by halting the pace so convincingly in the largo that the first movement’s intensity, the scherzo’s frenetic revisions and the final one’s relentless gallop sounded truly inspired."
Nigel Jarrett, South Wales Argus

Considered one of the leading Israeli pianists of his generation, Ishay Shaer has performed in numerous concerts throughout the world and has won both national and international prizes. Among other venues, he has given recitals and concerto performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, UK; Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Poland; deSingel Antwerp, Belgium; Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals, Puerto Rico; Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil; Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago in the USA; and Teatro Solis, Uruguay. His performances include concerts for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima (Peru), International Piano Series in the Hague (Netherlands), Montreal Bach Festival in Canada, Swansea Festival of Music and Arts in the UK, Gdańsk Music Festival in Poland, "Semanas Musicales" de Frutillar in Chile, Dimitria Festival in Greece and Israel Festival.

Ishay Shaer has collaborated as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga in Spain, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt in Germany, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Canada and with the major Israeli orchestras.

In April 2011 he was called on a two days' notice to substitute for Fazil Say with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. This led to six subsequent concerts in the orchestra's subscription series, four of them at Israel's main concert hall, the 2700-seat Mann Auditorium. Nearly six months later he made his debut at the grand hall of the Tonhalle Zurich, performing with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, to earn critical acclaim in various media outlets, including the German magazine "Das Orchester": "Embedded in the orchestral sound, almost overshined by playful joy, Ishay Shaer plays Concerto KV 488 in A Major expressively, with a differentiated touch, a soul deep articulation and a thrilling phrasing. A storyteller who knows his Mozart well".

Ishay Shaer was awarded the first prize in the 2006 Newport International Competition in the UK, and a year later won third prize in the "Silvio Bengalli" International Piano Competition in Italy. During 2008 he was awarded three national competitions, among them the prestigious Clairmont prize. In 2009 he was a prize-winner at the International Beethoven Competition in Bonn.

Throughout the years, Ishay Shaer has been supported by prestigious organizations, such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Swiss Orpheum Foundation, being included in its promotion programme for young soloists. He began piano studies at the age of 7 with Mrs. Hanna Barsilai and later studied with Dr. Asaf Zohar. He has studied in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music of Tel Aviv University (in cooperation with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) with Prof. Tomer Lev and thereafter with Prof. Arie Vardi, and finished his Bachelor's degree with distinction. During the period of his studies he was also instructed by renowned artists, such as Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Murray Perahia, Matti Raekallio and Pnina Salzman.

In recent years Ishay Shaer has established himself as a reputable chamber music performer. He has played with cellist Mischa Maisky, the Bennewitz Quartet, the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet and the New Hellenic Quartet. His arrangement for piano trio of Beethoven's 'The Tempest' piano sonata has garnered praise and was described as "an immeasurably pleasing masterwork… sounded like one of Beethoven's finest trios" by Haaretz newspaper.

Ishay Shaer's concerts in 2016 include chamber music concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, England and South America (Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima and Fundación Beethoven in Santiago de Chile).

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Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand (Cadenza)

 
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV 453 (excerpt)

 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 - 1st movement

Programmes

Repertoire

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solo recital proposals
  • Programme I
    Beethoven: Eleven Bagatelles, Op. 119
    Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
    Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 959

    Programme II
    Bach: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
    Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
    Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
    Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

    • Programme III
      Beethoven: 6 Variations on "Nel cor più non mi sento"
      Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
      Bartók: Out of Doors, Sz. 81 - Sonatina, Sz. 55
      Beethoven: Sonata in E flat major, Op. 81 'Les Adieux'
      Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 

  • Programme IV
    Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
    Debussy: Images, book II
    Berlioz/Liszt: Un bal from Symphonie Fantastique
    Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13

    Programme V
    Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 - Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
    Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28

    Programme VI
    Bartók: Out of doors, Sz. 81
    Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
    Beethoven: Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

    Programme VII
    Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 - Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971 - Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV 869 - Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
    Bach/Busoni: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen

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Reviews

CD-review Ishay Shaer - Late Beethoven

Based on his interpretation of Beethoven’s late piano works, this young Israeli pianist (I was unable to discover his age, but he certainly looks young enough in his photographs!) is an eminent performer of Beethoven’s music. He has already performed several times in the Netherlands, with concerts in The Hague’s Nieuwe Kerk or “New Church” (his début performance in November 2014) and at the Wageningen Chamber Music Series (January 2017). In addition to the above, he had also performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room in London, the Tonhalle in Zurich, deSingel in Antwerp and at various international festivals. Aside from solo recitals, Shaer has also performed with a wide range of orchestras, and is also active in the chamber music genre, as witnessed by his collaboration with such artists as Liza Ferschtman, Mischa Maisky and Quirine Viersen and ensembles such as the Aviv, Carducci and Bennewitz Quartets. Of course, this artist is represented by an adept agency: Squire Artists looks after his artistic and commercial interests. All in all, Ishay Shaer is a talented performer to look out for, even if it is difficult these days for even the exceptionally talented to conquer a place that is deserving of their abilities on today’s international concert stages, which are gradually reaching their saturation point.

Shaer allows himself a great deal of poetic license, in which his foremost priority is to infuse the works he is playing with a certain musical glow. On the other hand, he makes no concessions to the actual score set down by Beethoven with such painstaking effort. Anyone listening to Shaer’s performance with the score in hand will immediately notice not only the accuracy of his playing, but also the liberties he permits himself to take with regard to phrasing, in addition to the connections he establishes between the melodic lines and the harmonic foundation, which is always so unique in Beethoven (and from which the melody often derives its contours)! The sharp way in which he brings the Prestissimo in Op. 109 and the movement entitled Lebhaft in Op. 101 to the foreground exude a grand noblesse, with an engaging style of cantabile playing that is embedded in a warm piano sound at the other end of the rich spectrum. The contemplative element is also prominent, both in the sonatas and the ‘Kleinigkeiten’ or Bagatelles, Op 119 and126. And finally, I heard the staccato notes of both the second and fourth Bagatelle, Op. 126 in a dynamically powerful rendition, almost ‘liberated’ from the monotony that mars so many performances of these pieces. It is a textbook example of how a pianist can release a miniature like this from its ostensibly rigid framework.

That Beethoven was able to apply such contrast within constraints that can sometimes be so narrow is just as much a fact as the inability of many pianists to understand how to approach such contrasts. In such cases, there is too much to be done within too little time (one of the reasons why these bagatelles are undervalued). Hearing Shaer at work on these pieces is therefore like a breath of fresh air, as is the way he does justice to Beethoven’s “Risoluto”! marking (Bagatelle, Op. 119 No. 5 and the end of Sonata Op. 101).

The recording was produced by no one less than Andrew Keener, in collaboration with Phil Rowlands. It sounds just as we have come to expect from this duo: formidable.The sound of the Steinway has been recorded masterfully indeed, in which a complement for the piano tuner (not mentioned by name) should not be lacking. In conclusion: a stunning CD!

© Aart van der Wal, OpusKlassiek - November 2017

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 - No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - Bagatelles, Op. 119 & Op. 126

Orchid Classics ORC100076 • 76' • 
Recording: July 2015, Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth (UK)