Orli Shaham (Pre-College ’93; BCJ exchange ’97, piano) has established an international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. She has performed with most of the major orchestras in the U.S. and internationally from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Shaham is artistic director of Pacific Symphony’s chamber series Café Ludwig in Costa Mesa, California, and artistic director of the interactive children’s concert series Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, which she founded in 2010.
In the 2021-22 season, Shaham performs with the Marin, Reading, Utah, Vancouver, and Youngstown symphonies and releases the second and third volumes of the complete Mozart piano sonatas. Her Mozart recording project also includes volume 1 of the piano sonatas and her album of piano concertos with St. Louis Symphony, all of which are part of her discography of a dozen titles on Canary Classics. Shaham is a co-host and creative for the national radio program From the Top. She is on the piano and chamber music faculty at Juilliard and is chair of the board of trustees at Kaufman Music Center in New York.
Shaham studied with Luisa Yoffe in Jerusalem and with Herbert Stessin at Juilliard. In addition to her musical education at Juilliard, she holds a BA 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.