1995 Gilmore Artist Orli Shaham Steps In for Ingrid Fliter

December 18, 2019

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Pianist Orli Shaham, a 1995 Gilmore Young Artist will join the Grand Rapids Symphony for a performance during the 2020 Festival. Ms. Shaham is stepping in for the previously announced pianist, 2006 Gilmore Artist Ingrid Fliter. Ms. Fliter withdrew with regret on the advice of her doctors, who recommended she not fly during her pregnancy.

Ms. Shaham will perform Beethoven’s 32 Variations in C Minor composed for solo piano, then join the Grand Rapids Symphony for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. GRS Music Director Marcelo will conduct.

“I heard Orli perform several years ago in a chamber music series and was immediately impressed with her thoughtfulness and strong communications skills as a musician,” said Gilmore Director Pierre van der Westhuizen. “She is a natural fit for this performance and I think audiences will really enjoy her collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony.”

Ms. Shaham has performed with nearly all of the major orchestras in the world, notably with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and internationally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Her most recent recording is of Mozart’s Piano Concertos No. 17 in G Major, K. 453, and No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Robertson.

Since 2007, Ms. Shaham has served as Artistic Director for Pacific Symphony’s Chamber Music Series in Costa Mesa, California. She also is Artistic Director for the interactive children’s concert series Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard (formerly Baby Got Bach), which she founded in 2010.

Ms. Shaham, who is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, is a host of National Public Radio’s “From The Top,” a show dedicated to showcasing young, classically trained musicians.

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