Born in Israel, Orli Shaham has performed with most of the major orchestras in the Unites States including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras; and internationally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France, among many others. Ms. Shaham has given recitals across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and has collaborated with musicians including Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Jon Kimura Parker, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Lynn Harrell, and her brother, the violinist Gil Shaham. A frequent guest at summer festivals around the world, she has performed at Aspen, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Bravo Vail, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, Music Academy of the West, Ravinia, Spoleto, Tanglewood, and Verbier music festivals among others.
As renowned for her recordings as for her live performances, Orli Shaham’s album of Mozart’s piano concertos K.453 and K.491 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is released on Canary Classics in 2019. Ms. Shaham’s discography also includes “Brahms Inspired”, a 2-CD set of music for solo piano; “American Grace”, compositions by John Adams and Steven Mackey with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Robertson conducting; and “Nigunim - Hebrew Melodies”, “Dvorák for Two”, and “Mozart in Paris”, all recorded with Gil Shaham.
Orli Shaham frequently gives master classes and has served on the jury of numerous piano competitions, including the Cliburn International Junior, New York International, Sydney International, and Virginia Waring International piano competitions. Ms. Shaham has taught music literature at Columbia University, and contributed articles to Piano Today, Symphony and Playbill magazines and NPR’s Deceptive Cadence blog. On radio, she was artist in residence on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, creator and host of the “Dial-A-Musician” series, host of the nationally broadcast series “America’s Music Festivals”, and guest host of NPR’s “From The Top”.
Ms. Shaham studied with Luisa Yoffe at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and with Herbert Stessin at The Juilliard School. She holds a BA in European History from Columbia University, where she pursued her graduate studies in Historical Musicology. She is a winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Ms. Shaham joined the Juilliard Pre-College Faculty in 2018.