Brian
Woods

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Brian Woods

Toronto-based American pianist Brian Woods has emerged as a compelling soloist of international acclaim. Winner of the 2017 Artist Presentation Society Auditions, the St. Louis native continues to make captivating solo appearances, including a recent performance alongside Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

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Brian Woods

Woods has enjoyed success in several distinguished competitions, including the Verona International Piano Competition and the Artist Presentation Society Auditions. Following his debut concerto performance at age eighteen, Woods boasts a diverse repertoire, ranging from Tchaikovsky and Liszt's First Concerti to Beethoven's Fifth, Brahms' Second, and Rachmaninoff's Third. He has since performed under the batons of Miriam Burns, Leon Burke III, and Jan Wagner with such ensembles as the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, the Shenandoah University Orchestra, and the Vanderbilt Oratorio Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs.

Past seasons have included solo recitals in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Winchester, VA, Thibodaux, LA, and Dublin, Ireland. As a passionate chamber musician, Woods has collaborated with tenor Vinson Cole and cellist Julian Schwarz, among many other partners in the United States and Canada. He is equally at home with new music as he is with classical repertoire, and his work with the EDGE Ensemble in Virginia featured a complete program dedicated to the music of Avner Dorman, as well as performances of pieces by Ana Sokolovic and Joseph Schwantner.

​Woods holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Shenandoah University. Past mentors include Craig Nies and Robert Weirich, as well as additional study with Stanislav Ioudenitch.

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