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

Orli Shaham, pianist (Christian Steiner)
September 14, 2017

WQXR asked leading musicians, music writers, and music lovers for their top picks for the upcoming fall season, and here's what Orli recommends.


Orli Shaham
July 14, 2017

Simon Tedeschi and Orli Shaham are pianists from opposite sides of the globe, who surprisingly have a lot in common.

Orli Shaham
July 7, 2017

A compact concert bursting with fine chamber playing.

Orli Shaham
July 6, 2017

In beautifully thoughtful playing Orli Shaham created her own wordless context for this music, setting it alongside the French Suite No.6 in E by his revered forebear, Bach, and specially written music by Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman (heard in an orchestral version earlier this year) and Australian Brett Dean.

Orli Shaham with her husband David Robertson, chief conductor of Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
July 4, 2017

"This recital was indeed a marrying of heart and mind, beautifully and intelligently thought out and immaculately performed."

Orli Shaham
May 19, 2017

Pianist Orli Shaham, a familiar face at Pacific Symphony (she has run the Café Ludwig chamber series for the last decade), is an exquisite Mozart interpreter.

Orli Shaham
April 24, 2017

Orli Shaham, soloist for this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony concert featuring the Beethoven Choral Fantasy. A work she has perform both as a choir member and many times as the piano soloist. So she is very aware of one particular melody that makes its appearance in the Choral Fantasy well before Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

Orli Shaham
April 24, 2017

While many have been enchanted by the captivating talents of Orli Shaham, pianist and curator for Pacific Symphony’s cherished Café Ludwig chamber series performed in the intimate Samueli Theater—the upcoming Classical series concert offers a chance to hear her virtuosity in the center of the acoustical wonder of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

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