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Meet Orli Shaham
PT Young Artist-in-Residence
Pianist Orli Shaham Pianist Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted young pianists. Her recent seasons have included successful debuts with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, both resulting in re-engagements.

Orli has had numerous acclaimed recitals, including appearances in New York and Washington, DC; and she recently embarked on an American tour as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony. She has also been awarded two of the most prestigious prizes given to further the development of outstanding talent, the Gilmore Young Artist Award (1995) and the Avery Fisher Career Grant (1997).

Highlights of Ms. Shaham's 2001-02 season include a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and her brother, violinist Gil Shaham, of Mendelssohn's Concerto for Piano and Violin. Other orchestral highlights include appearances with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. In addition to several solo recitals, she will appear on Robert Kapilow's "What Makes it Great?" series in New York and Boston, performing works by Brahms.

Ms. Shaham's 2000-01 season included return appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony, as well as concerts with the Florida Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic. In Europe, she gave performances with the Orchestra of La Scala (Milan) and the Orchestra della Toscana (Florence), among others. In addition to giving several solo recitals, she made two extended duo-recital tours, of Europe and North America, with her brother.

Other career highlights for Ms. Shaham have included several tours of Japan and performances with the National Symphony under Christopher Hogwood, the San Diego Symphony under Yoav Talmi, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. In 1997 she released a recording of "Dvorak for Two" with Gil Shaham on the Deutsche Grammophon label. In addition to Aspen, Ms. Shaham has performed at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Caramoor, Grand Teton, Verbier, Spoleto (Italy) and Davos festivals. She has also appeared in solo and duo recitals in several European music centers, including Frankfurt, Munch and Paris.

Orli Shaham has been recognized as an exceptional artist since the age of 5, when she was awarded her first scholarship for musical study from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. At that time, she was a student of Luisa Yoffe at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and two of her performances were soon broadcast on Israeli Radio. At age 7, she came to New York with her family and began to study with Nancy Stessin. One year later, she was accepted at the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Herbert Stessin.

Ms. Shaham is a graduate of the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York, and of Columbia University. She pursued musical studies at the Juilliard School, beginning in its Pre-College Division and continuing while a student at Columbia.

Bio courtesy of ICM Artists, Ltd.

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