June 8, 2018

From a very young age, pianists invest themselves fully in practice and performance. Their commitment is so deep and their talent so inspiring that it’s difficult to imagine them doing anything else.

June 7, 2018

The great pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff once said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” This is true not only with respect to the infinite scope of feeling, fascination and joy that music offers, but also with respect to the virtually infinite repertoire.

Orli Shaham and David Roberston
February 15, 2018

This Valentine's Day WQXR asked pianist Orli Shaham and conductor David Robertson about the joys and challenges of sharing their profession and their life — plus, top tips for long-lasting love.

Orli Shaham
February 15, 2018

"We all feel we have something failing us in humanity, but at the same time we experience joy and connection with other human beings," says pianist Orli Shaham. "In this way the piece is timeless."


Orli Shaham
January 23, 2018

Bernstein's Age of Anxiety is a symphony, but it is also a piano concerto, which makes it quite interesting for me as the soloist.

Orli Shaham
January 18, 2018

Her reputation as a Mozart specialist was on display as her crystaline and lucid touch drew a very Classical sound from the modern concert grand onstage. Mozart requires enormous precision, but that detailed playing shouldn't be at the expense of warmth. Shaham has all those bases covered and earned an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd.

January 8, 2018

"There’s something about Mozart that’s really formational and formative. The music is so cleanly written that all the basic elements that you need to understand for anything else are already in his notes.”

Orli Shaham
January 2, 2018

On February 11, 2018 the Pacific Symphony’s “Café Ludwig” concert series commemorates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein and Steve Reich’s 80th birthday. Pianist Orli Shaham has been curator of the “Café Ludwig” series since 2007, and performs on each program. She shares her thoughts about this all-American program:

David Robertson and Orli Shaham
October 22, 2017

Speaking of sparkles, Rachmaninoff can pack more notes into a measure with the best of them, and they poured out of the piano in shimmering cascades, all of which were negotiated without a hitch. Hands crossing over each other always came down in the correct spot; loud passages were not attacked so much as leaned into with solid control; all the melodies, especially the famous 18th variation, had a natural flow and sensitive rubato.

Orli Shaham
October 20, 2017

Ms. Shaham will play Rachmaninoff's bravura Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in a program that also includes Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Mnemosyne's Pool, a 2015 orchestral work by Steven Mackey.

David, Orli, and Milo the dog
October 17, 2017

Although Shaham has performed frequently with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist, for the final time, she will perform with the SLSO this weekend with her husband, David Robertson, as music director.

David Robertson, Orli Shaham, and Milo the dog.
October 16, 2017

“Working with David is like (it would be) if I were conducting myself, but I actually knew how to conduct,” Shaham says. “I always feel when working with him it’s like anything that I’m thinking, he seems to know it before I’ve even articulated it.”

Orli Shaham, pianist
October 2, 2017

Pianist Orli Shaham performs Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on October 21 & 22, 2017

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