Born: February 5, 1987
Pianist Shai Maestro was born in Israel on February 5th 1987. He began playing classical piano at the age of 5 under the instruction of Ms. Irena Krivatz. His first exposure to Jazz music was at the age of 8 while listening to Oscar Peterson’s records and particularly “The Gershwin Songbook”.
“I couldn’t stop listening to that album. There was something about the way Oscar played the piano on that album. The combination of his light – crystal touch, , Gershwin’s incredibly beautiful songs and the way the band swung got me completely captivated” says Maestro.
“I remember listening to this album over and over again, discovering new details every time. Later on I found out that the track list had… (I think it was) ‘Summertime’ written twice! I thought that they had probably made a mistake there. Then, listening to these 2 tracks I realized they were completely different. They were improvising!! It sounded so different… That’s when I realized that in this music, you can question everything. It was a revelation for me”...