Israeli-American Ory Shihor is an award-winning pianist, respected educator and innovative entrepreneur. A renowned pedagogue, Mr. Shihor has served on the piano faculty of The Colburn School in Los Angeles since 2000. In 2010, recognizing the need to support highly talented pre-college students in conservatory studies, he founded the Colburn Music Academy, where he was the founding dean, and continues in his role as Colburn Conservatory Professor. He also founded the Colburn Piano Festival, an intensive immersion program for students from around the world.
He has given lectures and masterclasses at Chautauqua Music Festival, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Lynn University, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory (China), Beijing Central Conservatory (China), Seoul National University (Korea), and Taiwan National Normal University (Taiwan).
Mr. Shihor has served as juror in significant international competitions, including the James Mottram International Piano Competition (UK), the Arthur Rubinstein Junior Piano Competition (China) and the 2017 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition (USA). Ory Shihor’s students have themselves garnered impressive credentials, winning top prizes in numerous international competitions such as Walter W. Naumburg International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and Aspen Music Festival, in the United States, and Piano Campus and Long Thibaud Crespin in France, among many other achievements.
In 2015, Mr. Shihor founded Piano Talent, Inc, which provides online and in-person training to conservatory level pre-college age students. In 2017, Mr. Shihor’s company launched the Piano Talent Performance Academy, an elite performance training program based in Los Angeles.
As a concert pianist, Mr. Shihor is noted for his “strong, flexible technique” (New York Times) and his individualistic approach as a pianist who has proven he is “not afraid to take risks” (The Washington Post). He has impressed audiences and critics from coast to coast and throughout Europe, Australia and Asia.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shihor has performed in prestigious venues and festivals around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Tonhalle in Germany and 92nd Street “Y” in New York, among many others. The centerpiece of Ory Shihor’s 2017-2018 season is the world premiere of the concert-drama ‘Last Thoughts: Schubert’s Final Works’, written by Hershey Felder, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Mr. Shihor’s many awards and competition prizes include the Gina Bachauer Prize, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Washington International Piano Competition and Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Mr. Shihor was a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships from the age of 12. At 15, he came to the United States to study with Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute of Music and later graduated from the Juilliard School in New York. He also studied under Emanuel Krasovsky and Russell Sherman.
Ory Shihor is a Bösendorfer and Yamaha artist.