Shai Maestro

  • Shai Maestro
  • Instruments: Piano

  • Biography:

    Pianist Shai Maestro was born in Israel on February 5th 1987. He began playing classical piano at the age of 5. His first exposure to jazz music was at the age of 8, listening to Oscar Peterson's "Gershwin Songbook". He was later accepted to the Thelma  Yellin High School of Performing Arts in Givataim where he completed his studies with honors. While taking extended literature classes, Shai was one of the few students combining a major in the jazz and classical departments along with his regular studies.

    While still a sophomore, he received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music's 5 weeks 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 to Berklee for the 4-year program and also received a full tuition scholarship.

    In his senior year, Shai co-led the school's salsa ensemble, which introduced him to percussionist Roni Iwryn who then took him as his piano player in one of Israel's best salsa ensembles. The band performed regularly in a salsa club every Thursday night.

     In the years 2004-2008 he won scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Fund for jazz piano. He also won the national jazz ensembles competition "Jazz Signs" twice (2002 and 2003).

    Maestro began gaining recognition from his peers and the media and is performing regularly with NY's best jazz artists in many jazz clubs and concert halls, alongside classical recitals, chamber music. He is playing solo piano improvised concerts worldwide. Shai has preformed with world known musicians such as John Pattitucci, Jorge Rossy, Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hekselman, Nate Smith, Nate Wood, Donny McCaslin, Jimmy Green, Matt Penman, Omer Avital, to Name a few.

    Since 2010 shai has been leading his own trio, the Shai Maestro Trio with Bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Ziv Ravitz, they have recorded 2 albums already and have been touring intensly, playing between 60-80 concerts a year worldwide.

    Shai also studied Indian music and tabla playing from the Sarud master Sanjey Kumar Sharma.