BIOGRAPHY

"Woods is a compelling young musician with a formidable technique and inspiring interpretations. His performances consistently reach the highest levels of artistry."
                                                John O'Conor

Celebrated for his "heroism" and "convincing technique" (ArtsNash), American pianist Brian Woods has emerged as a compelling soloist of international acclaim. A native of Webster Groves in St. Louis, Missouri, he has enjoyed great success in several distinguished competitions such as the Verona International Piano Competition and the Artist Presentation Society Auditions. His artistic reputation has led to performances in venues around the world, from Powell Hall in Missouri to stages in Italy and Ireland.

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 with such ensembles as the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the Shenandoah University Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, and the Vanderbilt Oratorio Orchestra. Woods' concerto appearances have met great acclaim from both audiences and the press as his passionate and expressive performances attract a wide array of listeners, from classical music veterans to first-time audiences.

Woods is equally at home performing the music of living composers. His work with the EDGE Ensemble in Virginia featured a complete program dedicated to the music of Israeli composer Avner Dorman, in addition to premieres by local composers and pieces by Ana Sokolovic and Joseph Schwantner.  

Past seasons have included solo recitals in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Winchester, VA, and Thibodaux, LA, as well as collaborations with tenor Vinson Cole and cellist Julian Schwarz. The 2019/2020 Season saw his Canadian debut, as well as his solo debut with Chamber Music Society of St. Louis. His 2020/2021 Season will feature virtual projects in the wake of COVID-19, as well as several All-Beethoven programs to celebrate the composer's 250th Birthday. As an active chamber musician, Woods will be also be recording virtual collaborations with fellow musicians worldwide. 

Woods currently studies with famed Irish pianist John O'Conor in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School on full scholarship.

© 2020 by Brian Woods.