A dazzlingly skillful and unfailingly tasteful pianist...
Pianist Shai Maestro was born in Israel. 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 still a sophomore, he received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.
Maestro studied jazz piano and RTC (Real Time Composition) with Opher Brayer and classical piano with Prof. Benjamin Oren of the Music Academy in Jerusalem. He currently resides in New York where he is gaining recognition from his peers and the media, and he is performing regularly with world known musicians such as Jimmy Green, Jorge Rossy, Myron Walden, Donny McCaslin, Matt Penman, Scott Colley, Ari Hoenig, Nate Smith, Mark Guiliana, Anthony Hart and Diego Urcola to name a few.
In 2006 Maestro joined bass player Avishai Cohen for touring all over the world. In May 2011 Maestro departed from Avishai Cohen's band to pursue his way as a band leader, composer and arranger.
Since then, the trio has been touring world wide, playing in festivals, concerts halls and jazz clubs receiving incredible response from audiences all over.