November 22, 2019
Pianist Orli Shaham on the radio and other adventures
Christian Steiner

Pianist Orli Shaham's Bach Yard airs on WQXR-FM, Saturday mornings, Nov. 30-Dec. 21


Ms. Shaham hosts From the Top in a live radio taping in Portland, Maine


CD of Mozart concertos with St. Louis Symphony receives accolades worldwide

Orli Shaham's Bach Yard on radio and in concert halls

WQXR-FM invited Orli Shaham to create and host a series of original stories with classical music for children. Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard for radio will air on WQXR, 105.9 FM and Saturday mornings at 8:00 am EST, November 30 through December 21, 2019. You and your children will be entertained by The Trout Family's New Friend, Belinda and Charlie's Big Day and other tales written by Orli, along with music by Handel, Schubert and more.
Speaking of Orli Shaham's Bach Yard, the live interactive concert series of the same name will be at Merkin Hall in New York and Princeton University this spring, with Orli as host and pianist. Check out for a complete list of upcoming performances and fun activities to do at home with your little Maestro.

From the Top

In other radio news, on November 20 in Portland, Maine Ms. Shaham hosts a live taping of From the Top, the long-running NPR program featuring performances of talented young musicians. These episodes of From the Top will be broadcast nationally on select NPR stations across the United States during the weeks of December 16 and January 6. This marks Ms. Shaham's second appearance on From the Top, having previously guest hosted in October 2018. You can listen to the archived audio of show 361 at this link.

Mozart Recording Project

Orli is deep into a multi-year Mozart recording project, which launched this fall with the release of her concertos album with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson conducting. The CD (Canary Classics CC18) has received accolades far and wide. International Piano called it "an outstanding disc of Mozart piano concertos" and Wisconsin Public Radio exclaimed, “The beauty, technical virtuosity and deftness with which Shaham, Robertson and the orchestra play bring out the best in the music.”
Last summer Ms. Shaham was in the studio again, recording 12 of Mozart’s pianos sonatas at historic Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. The hall is renowned for its superb acoustics and is said to be the finest pre-Civil War performance hall in the country. She’ll record the remaining six sonatas next summer, and will release the complete set of all of Mozart’s piano sonatas late next year.

and there's more...

  • The prestigious Cliburn International Piano Competition has announced that Orli Shaham will be on the jury for the 2021 competition
  • Ms. Shaham is in residence at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in January, leading masterclasses and performing chamber music
  • Spreading the word of the importance of physical flexibilty for all musicians, Orli has launched a mobility and movement instruction series on YouTube called Beyond the Fingers. More episodes coming soon!
A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Ms. Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony, and London's Guardian said Ms. Shaham's playing at the Proms was “perfection."
Orli Shaham has performed with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic; 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 serves as the Artistic Director for Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California, a position she has held since 2007. She is a featured performer on each of the chamber recitals in the series. In addition, Ms. Shaham is the Artistic Director for the interactive children's concert series, Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard (formerly Baby Got Bach), which she founded in 2010.
In 2018 and 2019, Orli Shaham was guest host of the NPR’s From the Top, a radio program featuring young classically-trained musicians, broadcast by hundreds of stations around the country. Also in 2019, Orli Shaham released a recording of Mozart’s piano concertos K.453 and K.491 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson conducting. Ms. Shaham’s other recordings include “Brahms Inspired” and “American Grace”, all on the Canary Classics label.
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