About Orli Shaham

A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety, and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Ms. Shaham is admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony, and London's Guardian said Ms. Shaham's playing at the Proms was “perfection."

Orli Shaham has performed with most of the major orchestras in the United States, and with many significant ensembles internationally, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Shaham’s 2021-2022 season includes performances with the Marin Symphony (Alasdair Neale conducting) and Reading Symphony Orchestra. She is in her 14th season as the Artistic Director for Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California. She is a featured performer and host on each of the chamber recitals throughout the series. In 2021 she gave the world premiere performance of the newly commissioned work by Margaret Brouwer, “Parallel Isolations” with musicians from the symphony.

In 2020, as part of her multi-year, multi-disc Mozart project, Orli Shaham released the first of a five-volume set of the complete Mozart piano sonatas on the Canary Classics label. "Shaham’s skills are nothing short of awe-inspiring," hailed Take Effect Reviews. Volume 1 includes Piano Sonatas No. 3, K. 281, No. 13, K. 333, and No. 17, K. 570; all in Bb major. Volumes 2 and 3 of this Mozart sonata cycle are released in 2021.

Her discography also includes “Brahms Inspired” and “American Grace” (Canary Classics). Orli Shaham and her brother, the violinist Gil Shaham, have collaborated on several recordings including “Nigunim - Hebrew Melodies”, “Dvorák for Two” on Deutsche Gramophone, an all-Prokofiev disc, and “Mozart in Paris” featuring Mozart’s Six Sonatas, Op. 1.

Ms. Shaham is Artistic Director for the interactive children's concert series, Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, which she founded in 2010. The concert programs provide hands-on activities with musical instruments, concepts and concert performances that promote good listening skills, and feature chamber music performances by professional musicians with Ms. Shaham as host and pianist. In 2020, Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard and Kaufman Music Center collaborated to create a 10-episode video series called “Playdates”.

She is Co-Host and Creative for NPR’s “From the Top”, the nationally broadcast radio program featuring performances and conversations with talented teenage musicians. In addition to her activities on stage, Ms. Shaham is on faculty at The Juilliard School and serves on the juries of both the Cliburn and Honens International Piano Competitions in 2022. She has previously served on the juries of the Cliburn International Junior, New York International, Sydney International, Virginia Waring International and Hilton Head International piano competitions.

Orli Shaham has been a Steinway Artist since 2003.

Orli Shaham

Piano, Classical

New York, New York, United States
Grant Recipient

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