“most fascinating people and inspired individuals” Hamilton Magazine
“full of fire and warmth” The New York Times
“authentic musician, with a sparkling technique” Le Droit
“sophisticated and polished musician and pianist” Julian Martin, the Juilliard School
Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16, and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with artists including violist Steven Dann, cellists Shauna Rolston, Denis Brott, and Andrés Díaz, violinist Menachem Breuer, clarinetist Simon Aldrich, and soprano Ingrid Attrot. Her solo and chamber music performances have been heard often on CBC radio. In 2010, Shoshana became a member of the Philadelphia based Shir Ami Ensemble.
Shoshana has participated in numerous festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Juilliard School’s Focus! Festival and Piano Century series. She has been awarded several honors in national and international competitions including the Honens International Piano Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, the International Stepping Stone Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University in Montreal. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. In September 2007 she moved to Hamilton, Ontario where she currently teaches at the music faculty of McMaster University.
“It’s a mindful, disciplined and loving way to handle this music and the result is a breadth of beauty difficult to describe.” The WholeNote (Review of album: J.S. Bach – The Six Partitas)
Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (CanSona), the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (Chestnut Hall Music), Mozart Sonatas and Sonatinas (The Mozart Effect) and the six Johann Sebastian Bach Keyboard Partitas (Centaur Records).