Ory Shihor is an award-winning pianist, educator, arts administrator and entrepreneur. As an educator and arts administrator, he was the founding Dean of the Colburn Music Academy recognizing the need to support highly talented, pre-college-age students who seek to continue their music studies at a conservatory level. Mr. Shihor was the creator and director of Colburn Piano Festival, which attracts applicants from around the world to its two-week summer immersion program.
As a teacher, Mr. Shihor currently serves on the piano faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. His students have won top prizes in numerous international competitions such as Hilton Head (US), Piano Campus (France), James Mottram (UK), Paloma O’Shea Santander (Spain), Böesendorfer and Yamaha USASU (US), Virginia Waring (US) and Long Thibaud Crespin (France). Students of Mr. Shihor are also regularly featured on prominent radio programs such as From the Top (National Public Radio) and Performance Today (Minnesota Public Radio). (For details on recent student success, please see below.)
In 2015, he founded Piano Talent, Inc, which offers online programs and products geared for highly gifted pre-college piano students. In 2017, the company introduced the Piano Talent Performance Academy, as elite performance training program based in Los Angeles.
Mr. Shihor has conducted master classes in many leading music conservatories and universities including Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Lynn University, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Shanghai Conservatory (China), Beijing Central Conservatory (China) and Seoul National University (Korea). Mr. Shihor served on the juries of the 2012 James Mottram International Piano Competition (UK), the 2016 Arthur Rubinstein Junior Piano Competition (China) and the 2017 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.
As a soloist, Mr. Shihor is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a prize winner of the Ninth Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the first prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition.
Mr. Shihor’s performances include recitals at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., as well as at the 92nd Street Y and the Frick Collection in New York City. His other appearances have included the Ravinia Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival and the Chautauqua Music Festival in addition to recitals across North America. In eight critically acclaimed concerts in Los Angeles, Mr. Shihor performed Beethoven’s entire 32-sonata cycle.
Among his extended engagements with orchestras, Mr. Shihor appeared as the featured guest soloist with the Liège Royal Philharmonic of Belgium on its 15-concert North American tour, under music director Pierre Bartholomée. His international concerts have included appearances in Germany, Korea, Spain, Israel and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
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, where he received the prestigious Gina Bachauer Prize. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. His other teachers have included Emanuel Krasovsky, John Perry and Russell Sherman.
Mr. Shihor is a Bösendorfer and Yamaha artist.