While still a sophomore, he received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music’s Summer Program for two consecutive years. While on a concert tour in the US, including a performance at the IAJE with the school’s big-band, he auditioned at Berklee for the 4-year program and was again offered a full tuition scholarship.
Maestro was first exposed to Avishai Cohen in 1997 during a concert by the Chick Corea Trio with Gary Burton in Sweden. Avishai’s music had and still has a huge influence on Maestros musical development alongside with the influences of Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and many others, as well as German authors Herman Hesse and the Israeli philosopher Yishayahu Leibowitz. Scene-followers on the lookout for the next young whiz with jaw-dropping chops will want to take note of pianist Shai Maestro, a kid from Jerusalem who has liquid lightning in his fingers.
Edited by mashulja on 26 Nov 2007, 20:07
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