Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA announces virtuoso Orli Shaham as artist-in-residence
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA (VSO) announced its first artist-in-residence, internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist and pedagogue Orli Shaham, announced today by CEO Igor Shakhman. Since her triumphant debut with the VSO in 2014, Shaham has become one of the region’s favorite guest artists, performing four times in Vancouver to nearly sold-out venues as a result. In September 2021, Shaham appeared as a guest of honor at the VSO Record Gala, performing solo and chamber works with members of the orchestra. The event was broadcast live around the world. This is the first time in VSO’s history that an Artist-in-Residence has been selected to join the VSO artistic team.
As part of the residency, Shaham will host part of the VSO’s critically acclaimed Chamber Music Series, presenting two chamber music programs on December 14, 2022 and February 21, 2023. She will also perform the Piano Concerto in Schumann Minor as a guest soloist in the February 2023 Symphony Concert under the direction of Maestro Salvador Brotons, as well as performing an educational performance for students in the Vancouver School District as part of the annual VSO School Concert.
Hailed for her grace and subtlety on the piano, Shaham has been praised by publications such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, London’s Guardian, and more. In addition to being a renowned concert pianist, she is the artistic director of the interactive children’s series “Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard”, founded in 2010, co-host of NPR’s “From The Top” and a faculty member of the Juilliard School. In addition to performing with the VSO in 2014, she returned by popular demand to perform again with the orchestra to present two critically acclaimed interpretations of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Maestro Marcelo Lehninger in 2017 and more recently in 2021 with triumphant interpretations of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
Shaham’s residence is generously sponsored by Ann Bardacke and David Wolf.