Play Orli Shaham interviewed by James Wellborn on WRR
Pianist performs in Dallas on April 18
Play 2012 Aspen Festival Showcase
Pianist Orli Shaham previews the 50th anniversary Aspen Center for Physics concert
Play How Well Does Orli Know the Chopin f Minor Concerto?
Orli's fingers do the walking...all by themselves!
Play Classic 99: St. Louis Symphony Broadcast - intermission feature
Orli performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 with the St. Louis Symphony. In an interview broadcast during intermission on KFUO-FM (www.classic99), Orli tells host Jim Connett about the six men in her life and how she satisfies her continuing curiosity about music and musicians.
Play Interview: Orli speaks with WXXI's Julia Figueras [Part I]
While in Rochester to perform a Mozart concerto with the Rochester Philharmonic, Orli visited the WXXI studios. She spoke with Julia Figueras about Mozart, chamber music, her musical twins, and why memorization isn't the be all and end all of performance.
Play Interview: Orli speaks with WXXI's Julia Figueras [Part II]
Play On Choosing a Piano for the Charlotte Symphony
In December, the pianist Orli Shaham was asked to help the Charlotte Symphony choose a new piano to be used in a new concert hall, the Knight Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina, part of the Blumenthal Performing Art Center. Orli travelled to the Steinway & Sons factory showroom in Astoria, Queens where officials from the Charlotte Symphony and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center were waiting to hear her test five Steinway "D" grand pianos and give her expert assessment.
Orli has chosen pianos for symphony orchestras in the past, but it's always been for a concert hall that she knew. The Knight Theater, though, is a brand-new hall, and in an interview with Gail Wein, Orli explains how that poses a special challenge.
Play Curating a Chamber Music Series
In 2008, Orli Shaham was engaged by the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, California, to be the curator of their chamber music series, Café Ludwig. At a museum, the curator is the person who selects the art, builds and organizes it into comprehensive collections, and determines the best configuration for a particular show. So, how does this translate to curating a chamber music series? Orli fills us in.
Play Interview: Music for Two Pianos with Jon Kimura Parker
It all started with Mozart. His concerto in Eb K. 365 calls for two pianos as soloists. Seattle Symphony and conductor Gerard Schwartz had programmed it, and needed to find a suitable pair of pianists. He came up with two of his favorites, Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham. Happily, Parker and Shaham turned out to be excellent performance partners.
Since the two graceful though enormous grand pianos face each other on stage, the pianists sit pretty far apart. They can see each other's eyes, but not their hands, which makes the entire endeavor quite tricky to coordinate.
That was the first time that Orli and Jackie (as everyone calls Jon Kimura) played together, but it won't be the last. The Seattle concert was a colossal success, and both Orli and Jackie were so energized by the experience, they are launching a duo recital project next season.
Gail Wein met up with Orli to dig deeper into the delights and perils of performing with another pianist.
Play Interview: A Beethoven Grand Slam
Last season, the pianist Orli Shaham decided to go for a Grand Slam. Her intended feat, in this case, would be to perform all of the Beethoven Piano Concertos within a single season. There are five of them, and for Orli, just one remained elusive, the Concerto Number Five, the venerable Emperor.
Orli gets bonus points for throwing in a related piece of music - Beethoven's Triple Concerto - a piece for violin, cello, piano and orchestra.
We'll find out about Orli's fascination with the Beethoven Piano Concertos, in this conversation with Gail Wein.