Biography - English
Gilad Shabani Shoofan


"Shaer treats the composer's allusions by "reading" both the musical and the literary texts: Asking questions, providing answers, leading dialogues, meditating, narrating or being impulsively enthusiastic. Ideas that seem as though they develop at the very moment give his interpretation of the piece a persuasive originality".

Fritz Herzog, "General-Anzeiger Bonn"


Having performed in numerous concerts throughout the world to great critical acclaim, Ishay Shaer is steadily becoming one of the leading pianists of his generation. Among other venues, he has given recitals and concerto performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room, UK; Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Poland; deSingel Antwerp, Belgium; Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals, Puerto Rico; Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil; Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago in the USA; and Teatro Solis, Uruguay. His performances include concerts for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Dr Anton Philipszaal piano series (Holland), Montreal Bach Festival in Canada, Swansea Festival of Music and Arts in the UK, Gdnask Music Festival in Poland, "Semanas Musicales" de Frutillar in Chile, Dimitria Festival in Greece and Israel Festival.

Mr. Shaer has collaborated as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga in Spain, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt in Germany, the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Canada and with the major Israeli orchestras. 

In April 2011 he was called on a two days notice to substitute for Fazil Say with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. This led to six subsequent concerts in the orchestra's subscription series, four of them at Israel's main concert hall, the 2700-seat Mann Auditorium. Nearly six months later he made his debut at the grand hall of the Tonhalle Zurich, performing with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, to earn critical acclaim in various media outlets, including the German magazine "Das Orchester": "Embedded in the orchestral sound, almost overshined by playful joy, Ishay Shaer plays Concerto KV 488 in A Major expressively, with a differentiated touch, a soul deep articulation and a thrilling phrasing. A storyteller who knows his Mozart well".

Ishay Shaer was awarded the first prize in the 2006 Newport International Competition in the UK, and a year later won third prize in the "Silvio Bengalli" International Piano Competition in Italy. During 2008 he was awarded three national competitions, among them the prestigious Clairmont prize. In 2009 he was a prizewinner at the International Beethoven Competition in Bonn. Throughout the years, Mr. Shaer has been supported by prestigious organizations, such as the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Swiss Orpheum Foundation, being included in its promotion programme for young soloists. He began piano studies at the age of 7 with Mrs. Hanna Barsilai and later studied with Dr. Asaf Zohar. He has studied in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music of Tel Aviv University (in cooperation with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) with Prof. Tomer Lev and thereafter with Prof. Arie Vardi, and finished his Bachelor's degree with distinction. During the period of his studies he was also instructed by renowned artists, such as Daniel Barenboim,Vladimir Ashkenazy, Murray Perahia, Matti Raekallio and Pnina Salzman.

In recent years Ishay Shaer has established himself as a reputable chamber music performer. He has played with cellist Mischa Maisky, the Bennewitz Quartet, Carducci Quartet, the RTÉ Contempo Quartet and the New Hellenic Quartet. His arrangement for piano trio of Beethoven's 'The Tempest' piano sonata has garnered praise and was described as "an immeasurably pleasing masterwork… sounded like one of Beethoven's finest trios" by Haaretz newspaper.

Shaer's upcoming concerts include chamber music concerts in Europe (Aviv Quartet, violinist Liza Ferschtman and cellist Quirine Viersen) a as well as recitals in South Aamreica (Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima and Fundación Beethoven in Chile).

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