“Woods is a compelling young musician with a formidable technique and inspiring interpretations. His performances consistently reach the highest levels of artistry.”
John O’Conor, international pianist and recording artist
Celebrated for his “heroism” and “convincing technique” (ArtsNash), American pianist Brian Woods has emerged as a compelling artist of widespread acclaim. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he has performed with Chamber Music Society of St. Louis alongside Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Upcoming engagements include solo and collaborative recital appearances in Toronto, Ontario; a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with the Manassas Symphony in Virginia; and several online projects, including a lecture recital on Barber’s Piano Sonata for the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association.
Brian has enjoyed great success in several distinguished competitions such as the Verona International Piano Competition and the Artist Presentation Society Auditions. Following his debut concerto performance at age eighteen, Brian boasts a diverse concerto repertoire, ranging from Tchaikovsky and Liszt’s First Concerti to Beethoven’s Fifth, Brahms’ Second, and Rachmaninoff’s Third.
Past seasons have included solo recitals in Washington D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Winchester, VA, Thibodaux, LA, and Dublin, Ireland. As a passionate chamber musician, Brian has collaborated with tenor Vinson Cole and cellist Julian Schwarz, among many other partners in the United States and Canada. He is equally at home with new music as he is with classical repertoire, and his work with the EDGE Ensemble in Virginia featured a complete program dedicated to the music of Avner Dorman, as well as performances of pieces by Ana Sokolovic and Joseph Schwantner.
Brian holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and Shenandoah University. Previous teachers include Craig Nies and Robert Weirich, as well as an additional semester of study with Stanislav Ioudenitch. He currently works with Irish pianist John O’Conor at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, where he will complete the Artist Diploma Program in May 2021. When he’s not at the piano, Brian enjoys practicing yoga and catching the latest broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.