"He plays with a convincing technique...Woods captured the music's dual sense of heroism and jubilation."
Praised for his thoughtful and dynamic performances, pianist Brian Woods has emerged as a promising soloist in the United States and abroad. A native of Webster Groves in St. Louis, Missouri, he has enjoyed great success in several distinguished competitions including the Verona International Piano Competition, the American Prize, and the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Auditions. His solo performances have led him to a wide variety of venues, from the Kauffman Center in Kansas City to concert halls in Italy and Ireland.
Following his debut concerto performance at age eighteen, Brian continues to build an extensive concerto repertoire, ranging from Tchaikovsky and Liszt's First Concerti to Beethoven's Fifth and Brahms' Second. He has since performed with the Masterworks Festival Orchestra, the University City Symphony Orchestra, and the Vanderbilt Oratorio Orchestra and Symphonic Choirs. Woods' concerto performances have been met with great acclaim from both audiences and the press. His passionate and expressive performances attract a wide array of listeners, from classical music veterans to first-time audiences.
Brian has collaborated extensively with both instrumentalists and vocalists, including work with Roger Vignoles, Timothy Hoekman, and Leon Fleisher.
Woods' past seasons included solo performances in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Winchester, VA, and Dublin, Ireland, as well as collaborations with cellist Julian Schwarz and tenor Vinson Cole. His 2018-2019 season included performances with the Van Buren Winds and the Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra. His 2019-2020 season will feature several all-Beethoven programs in celebration of the composer's 250th Birthday.
Woods' studies have led him to work with Anton Nel at the Aspen Music Festival and School and with William Grant Naboré and Stanislav Ioudenitch at the Lake Como Summer Piano School in Italy. Masterclass work includes performances for Robert McDonald, Gabriela Montero, Lydia Artymiw, and Jeremy Denk. Previous teachers include Robert Weirich, Craig Nies, Donna Vince, and Margaret Kitto, as well as additional study with Frank Weinstock and Jerome Lowenthal. He currently studies with John O'Conor at the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School in Toronto.