A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, the pianist Orli Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and 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,” and London’s Guardian said Ms. Shaham’s playing at the Proms was “perfection.”
She has performed with most of the major orchestras in the United States, on stage internationally from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House and appeared at music festivals around the world. Since 2007, she has been Artistic Director for Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series; and is Artistic Director of the interactive children’s concert series, Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, which she founded in 2010.
Continuing her multi-year Mozart recording project, Orli Shaham releases the final two volumes of the complete piano sonatas by Mozart in the 2023-24 season. Volumes 1-4 of the sonata cycle, and a recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos are already out. Additionally, she has taught a master class on the digital platform Tonebase centered around the Mozart sonatas, as well as a live online discussion and demonstration of the life and music of Clara Schumann. Her discography includes a dozen titles on Deutsche Gramophone, Sony, Canary Classics and other labels.
Ms. Shaham is on faculty at The Juilliard School, and has served on the juries of both the Cliburn and Honens International Piano Competitions. She is Co-Host and Creative for NPR’s “From the Top”, and was host of “America’s Music Festivals,” and “Dial-a-Musician,” a feature series she created, all of which are broadcast nationally. In addition to her musical education at the Juilliard School, Orli Shaham has a BA from Columbia University. She is a member of the board of trustees of Kaufman Music Center, serving as chair through 2023.
"Ms. Shaham offered a daringly forceful interpretation of the [Brahms] F minor Sonata. Where the music so much as hinted that power would be welcome, Ms. Shaham supplied it amply, with sharply articulated phrasing as a bonus... she was at her best when Brahms turned up the heat, and as big as her sound was in the scherzo and the finale, Ms. Shaham kept it trim and fully focused."
"She showed herself to be a first-rate Mozartean, combining a crisp keyboard touch with an uncommonly nuanced approach to tone and phrase. Her solos proved consistently well-crafted and engaging, her accompanying passages a sparkling counterpoint to the orchestral statements."
"Her playing across the board is warm and intelligent, shading the music with a range of emotions and creating some very special moments."
"Her playing blends confidence with reflective grace, digital wizardry with subtlety of touch. Shaham tied everything into convincing packages by sustaining lines and making sure the sonorities were as clear as crystal."
"Shaham not only exudes her deep understanding of and feeling for the music, but also radiates a contagious joy in performing it..."
"...Shaham played first the Brahms, then Dorman's rousing and thought-provoking nth-degree response as if they were one piece. In a seemingly miraculous collapsing of the centuries, the two composer-pianists seemed to inhabit the same sublime circle of intimate, intricate creativity. Shaham conjured an achingly pure tone from the piano that made Brahms' woeful passion and Dorman's arch twisters and stormy interlude all the more expressive."
"... a demonstrative artist, boldly imparting her deepest sentiments with courage, flair and vulnerability."
- Orli Shaham plays Mozart Sonata 2 K280, III.
- Orli Shaham performs Schubert Sonata in A Major D. 664, live at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall
- Orli Shaham shares 7 Secrets for Playing MOZART on the Piano with Tonebase
- Orli Shaham plays Mozart Sonata No. 15, K. 533
- Chopin Etudes Op.10, Nos. 3 and 4
- Orli Shaham, host and curator of Café Ludwig Chamber Music series, breaks down and performs some Chopin
- Orli Shaham discusses Mozart's use of Theme and Variations
- Orli Shaham’s debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Orli Shaham Releases a New Mozart Sonata Album
- Welcoming Orli Shaham!