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Shai Maestro

North America

Introspective, lyrical, virtuosic, and differentiated, Shai Maestro is one of the most talented pianists of his generation. Since his debut with his own trio in 2011, Maestro has shaped a strong and unique personal identity and has portrayed an incredible musical fluidity, making Maestro and his trio one of the most powerful and harmonious groups in jazz today. In 2018, Maestro made his ECM debut with The Dream Thief, a selection of both solo and trio performances with fellow Israeli Ofri Nehemya on drums and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder. Maestro portrays characteristically thoughtful originals, each one with a story to tell. His differentiated touch is special, able to convey a range of fleeting emotions in a single phrase.

The Shai Maestro Trio has performed on some of the most renowned stages, venues, and festivals worldwide. Maestro toured and recorded four albums in bassist Avishai Cohen’s trio, recorded with vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and appeared on the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet’s debut album, Family First.