"Ishay Shaer’s playing is a revelation in velvet sonority.... an interpreter who stands in a class by himself"

Ishay Shaer, un piano qui bouleverse et console:The Full Article in French

Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, 2018
Haaretz: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Ishay Shaer, September 2020

"A delicacy awaited the audience: an excellent performance, full of subtleties and emotion, of Beethoven's fifth piano concerto, 'The Emperor'. Ishay Shaer recorded an album of late solo works by Beethoven in 2017. At last night's concert, he displayed once again the characteristics that made the album so impressive. Shaer's 'Emperor' was noble and lyrical, devoid of flamboyant virtuosic displays, but it shined with a tight structure, phrases that sprang out in a captivating flow, and with fine and beautiful colours of the piano….Despite the great popularity of the concerto, this performance invited a concentrated, enthusiastic listening, and a rediscovery of the work".

-By Amir Mandel, September 2020

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"Beethoven in full light": Shaer and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse

"...An irresistible fervour, a fever even, characterises the unfolding of this final section. Ishay Shaer enlivens his solo part with his rich and full sonority, producing a rounded as well as symphonic palette of timbres".

- By Serge Chauzy, ClassicToulouse, October 2020

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"A most distinctive release ...The meticulous virtuosity and musical intelligence he brings to these oft-recorded works deserves serious consideration" 

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Jed Distler, Classics Today, 2018


Ishay Shaer is one of those pianists that one joyfully celebrates having discovered... fortunately for us, he pursues the individuality of his sound and looks for his own interpretative lines... You will find a noble and deserving companion in this disc, which will transfer you to a territory that is becoming less and less appreciated: that of musical quality as the ultimate goal."

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Álvaro Menéndez Granda, Codalario , 2018


"It's easy to see why Shaer is becoming widely regarded as one of the most important, leading pianists of his generation...Shaer is a vibrant, vital pianistic alchemist who injects every piece he plays with passion, soul and a puckish sense of showmanship. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open; this chap's going to take the world by storm". 

Rating: 5 Stars


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Jamie Caddick, 365bristol, 2018

"[An] exceptional and sensitive performance... Shaer never misses the chance to explore a little deeper" 

Alex Baran, The WholeNote magazine, 2018

Young Israeli pianist Ishay Shaer, violinist Liza Ferschtman and cellist Quirine Viersen held the audience spellbound in an almost hypnotic trance. The listeners were so enthralled that they even forgot to cough! Could they have been witness to the birth of a new piano trio?

(This concert was chosen by NRC as one of the best performances of 2017 in the Netherlands)

Joost Galema, NRC, The Netherlands, 2017

"The technical demands are at the limit of what is humanly possible and Shaer dealt with them masterfully. In addition to the finesse and transparency of his touch, it was remarkable to see how he was able to make the instrument thunder, while achieving symphonic sonorities that seemed to come from the inside of his body. A great pianist".

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Jaime Donoso, El Mercurio, Chile, 2016

"Ishay Shaer showed a constant rapport with the sonority of the piano, constantly maintaining a dialogue with the orchestra… Impeccable performance in all aspects; technique and virtuosity at the service of [the] work".

Read the full review (in Spanish) on the performance with Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga

Alejandro Fernández, Opinión de Málaga, Spain, 2014
"At the piano, a young and brilliant pianist, one of those who you know guarantee impeccable technical reliability and a reading charged with the most deeply rooted musical tradition. Ishay Shaer comes across as restrained, reverential, secure but free of mannerisms... It is not only technique, but rather judgment, and a tempo that doesn't seek the brightness of velocity, but the tranquility of profoundness".

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Diario de Noticias de Navarra, Spain, November 2012

"Embedded in the orchestral sound, almost overshined by playful joy, the Israeli 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."

("Klanglich in den Orchesterklang eingebettet, von spielerischer Heiterkeit schier überglänzt, spielt der Israeli Ishay Shaer das A-Dur-Werk KV 488: ausdrucksstark, differenziert im Anschlag, seelentief artikuliert und spannend phrasiert. Ein Geschichtenerzähler, der seinen Mozart kennt.")

Peter Buske, Das Orchester Magazine, Germany, September 2011
"It was not only a brilliant virtuosic achievement of this demanding work, but also rhythmically gripping, and sensitively conveyed its abundant subtle nuances of dynamics and delicate sound timbres"

Read the full review on the performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Uri Epstein, The Jerusalem Post, June, 2013
Dass sich zwei Streichinstrumente und ein Flügel auf der Bühne zu einer Einheit fügen, ist nicht selbstverständlich: Bei dem Ishay Shaer Pianotrio entsteht der Eindruck großer Verbundenheit....

Im Ravel-Klaviertrio brilliert Pianist Ishay Shaer mit Kaskaden, Wellenbewegungen und Arpeggien und vermag Tiefe, aber auch Spritzigkeit und Heftigkeit aus Ravels Werk herauszuholen...

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Saarbruecker Zeitung, June 2012

“Once again Shaer ‘walked over’ the keys of the piano and enchanted us with tones that taste like violets - flowers of eternal spring”

Ludwig Van Mechelen, "Klassiek Centraal", Belgium, May 2013
"General-Anzeiger" Bonn, Germany, 2010

"Not the meteorological phenomenon, but Shakespeare's last play, "The Tempest", is the programme of Beethoven's piano sonata Op. 31 No. 2, carrying the same title. The 1983 born Israeli pianist Ishay 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.

In his "Pianoplus" performance, Shaer played, in addition to Beethoven, also Bach's prelude and fugue in F sharp minor (BWV 883), the last 10 preludes from Op. 28 by Chopin, Liszt's concert etude No. 2 in F minor, "La Leggierezza", and "Gaspard de la Nuit" by Ravel. Especially worth mentioning is the pianist's ability to experience each and every piece at an equal level of authenticity.

The excerpt from "The Well-Tempered Clavier" captivates him just as intensively as the gentle autobiographical introspections of the zealous, lovesick Chopin. Shaer handles Liszt's virtuosity calmly and pleasantly, and in Ravel's work he unfolds the entire palette of Impressionism, with the widest range of dynamics. Here, as in Beethoven, he is exceptionally convincing."

-By Fritz Herzog, August 4 2010

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