Celebrated for his “heroism” and “convincing technique” (ArtsNash), American pianist Brian Woods has emerged as a compelling artist of widespread acclaim. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he has recently enjoyed his solo debut in Koerner Hall in Toronto, Ontario, as well as his debut with Chamber Music Society of St. Louis alongside Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Upcoming engagements include solo and collaborative recital appearances across North America and a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Manassas Symphony in Virginia.
Woods has enjoyed great success in several distinguished competitions such as the Verona International Piano Competition, the Neapolitan Masters International Piano Competition, and the Artist Presentation Society Auditions. Following his debut concerto performance at age eighteen, Woods boasts a diverse concerto repertoire, ranging from Tchaikovsky and Liszt's First Concerti to Beethoven's Fifth, Brahms' Second, and Rachmaninoff’s Third. He has since performed concerti under the batons of Miriam Burns, Leon Burke III, and Jan Wagner with such ensembles as the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, University City Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah University Orchestra, and 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 North America and Europe. He has served as répétiteur and coach for numerous opera and operetta productions in the United States and Canada, including as pianist for Lawrence Opera Theatre in Kansas and The Price Opera Program in Toronto. He remains in high demand as a collaborator for instrumentalists and vocalists alike.
Woods holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and Shenandoah University. Previous teachers include Craig Nies and Robert Weirich, as well as an additional semester of study with Stanislav Ioudenitch. Woods recently completed the Artist Diploma program at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, where he studied on full scholarship with Irish pianist John O’Conor. When he’s not at the piano, Woods enjoys practicing yoga and catching the latest broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera. Learn more at www.brianwoodspianist.com.