One of the most sought-after soloists and chamber-music collaborators of his generation, Orion Weiss is widely regarded as a “brilliant pianist” (The New York Times) with “powerful technique and exceptional insight” (The Washington Post). He has dazzled audiences with his passionate, lush sound and performed with dozens of orchestras in North America, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.
Recent seasons have seen Weiss in performances for the Lucerne Festival, Denver Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, 92nd Street Y and at the Aspen, Bard, Ravinia and Grand Teton summer festivals. Other highlights include a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, a live-stream with the Minnesota Orchestra, the release of his recording of Christopher Rouse’s Seeing and recordings of Gershwin’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. Weiss can be heard on the Naxos, Telos, Bridge, First Hand, Yarlung and Artek labels.
Known for his affinity for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with violinists Augustin Hadelich, William Hagen, Benjamin Beilman and James Ehnes; pianists Michael Brown and Shai Wosner; cellist Julie Albers, and the Ariel, Parker and Pacifica quartets. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
A native of Ohio, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in 1999. That same year, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Weiss’ list of awards includes the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year, Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and more. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.
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