WFIU’s artist of the month for September is pianist Yael Weiss, a former Associate Professor of Chamber Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Yael Weiss has performed across the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea and South America at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony, Prague Chamber Orchestra, and Israel Chamber Orchestra. She regularly performs at international music festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, and Caramoor. From 1999 to 2003 Weiss served as artistic director of the Hersher Foundation Chamber Music Series in Connecticut.
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 for her devotion to music education 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. She has presented master classes for universities throughout the United States and Europe.
Weiss’s discography encompasses piano works by over a dozen composers. With violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Clancy Newman, she tours worldwide as the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio. A selection featuring the trio was chosen for the 2003 CD, “Best of St. Paul Sunday.” A recent recording of Paul Chihara’s Ain’t no sunshine, which the trio commissioned, was released on Bridge Records.
WFIU features music performed by Yael Weiss throughout the month of September.