"Woods is a compelling young musician with a formidable technique and inspiring interpretations. His performances consistently reach the highest levels of artistry."
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 looks forward to his solo debut in November 2020 with Chamber Music Society of St. Louis alongside Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Additional upcoming engagements include solo and collaborative recital appearances in Toronto, Ontario; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Manassas Symphony in Virginia; and numerous online projects.
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. Woods currently studies on full scholarship with Irish pianist John O'Conor at the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School, where he will complete the Artist Diploma Program in May 2021. When he's not at the piano, he enjoys practicing yoga, exploring new cities, and catching the latest broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.