SHOSHANA TELNER : PIANO
Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. One of Hamilton’s “most fascinating people and inspired individuals” (Hamilton Magazine), Shoshana has a passion for promoting new music. Her playing is “full of fire and warmth” (The New York Times) with "beauty and a strong sense of purpose" (Brian Hay, Sarnia critic). She has been described as an “authentic musician, with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit), and as a “sophisticated and polished musician and pianist” (Julian Martin, the Juilliard School).
Shoshana made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16, and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with artists including violist Steven Dann, cellists Shauna Rolston, Denis Brott, and Andrés Díaz, violinist Menachem Breuer, clarinetist Simon Aldrich, and soprano Ingrid Attrot. Her solo and chamber music performances have been heard often on CBC radio.
Shoshana has recorded solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack on the CanSona label released in 2009.
Shoshana has participated in numerous festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Focus! Festival and Piano Century at the Juilliard School. She has been awarded several honors in national and international competitions including the Honens International Piano Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, the International Stepping Stone Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University in Montreal. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. In September 2007 she moved to Hamilton, Ontario where she currently teaches in the music faculty of McMaster University.