About Ory

Ory Shihor is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning pianist and renowned pedagogue. His students have garnered impressive credentials as winners of top prizes in prestigious international competitions such as the Naumburg and are regularly accepted to top conservatories and universities such as Curtis and Juilliard, among others.  

Read about Mr. Shihor’s student success stories HERE. 

His teaching strategies have transformed the playing of hundreds of students over the course of his 25-year teaching career, making him one of the most sought-after and well-respected piano teachers in the world.

But it didn’t start out this way…

After a rapid succession of events during his teens, which included studies at the Curtis Institute, winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the coveted Gina Bachauer prize while a student at Juilliard, Ory’s career as a pianist was taking off at a rapid pace. He soon found himself in the midst of a whirlwind of major concert debuts, solo and orchestral tours, recordings and ultimately representation by one of the world’s most prestigious classical artist agencies, Columbia Artists Management.

However, not having been mentored to handle the rapid success coupled with having to return to his homeland in order to complete his military service, brought Ory’s career to a complete halt. Upon his return to New York from the military, Ory found himself broke and in desperate need of a breakthrough. He spent several years working odd jobs (busboy, waiter, furniture mover) while practicing at nights and completely reinventing himself as a pianist. During this humbling experience, the conscious and at times, painful process of looking deep within his own playing led him to become a much better pianist and a stronger person.

During this journey, Ory resurrected his playing career, which led to winning the Washington International Piano Competition and a major prize at the Arthur Rubinstein Master Piano Competition.

He also discovered teaching and realized that based on his own ability to create change within himself, he could help students overcome anything. His life’s passion has become helping young students reach a breakthrough in their playing, believe in themselves and achieve a winning mindset as they reach for their goals and dreams. Since then, he has changed the lives of hundreds of students, helping them get accepted to top US music schools, universities, and conservatories.

Ory lives in Los Angeles, California, where he pursues his passions for cars and coffee. He lives with his wife, Maria, and their cat, Fester.


Ory Shihor is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning pianist and renowned pedagogue. He is the co-founder of Ory Shihor Institute, which includes the Piano Talent Performance Academy (PTPA), a pre-college program that provides conservatory level training for highly gifted young pianists with a focus on audition preparation at top US music conservatories. The Institute also offers teacher training and multi-level student certification programs. His online course, Ace My Audition, will be launched in 2020.

He has given lectures and masterclasses at conservatories, universities and festivals around the globe, including Chautauqua Music Festival, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Emory University, Colburn School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Lynn University, Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Chetham’s School 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 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. Naumberg International Piano Competition, Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition in the United States, Montreal International Piano Competition in Canada, James Mottram International Piano Competition in the UK and Piano Campus and Long Thibaud Crespin in France, among many other achievements.

His students are regularly accepted to prestigious conservatories and universities such as Curtis, Juilliard, NEC, Peabody, Eastman, Colburn, Yale and Royal Academy of Music (UK).

As a concert pianist, Mr. Shihor is noted as ‘boldly individualistic’ (New York Times) and his strong flexible technique 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. Ory Shihor’s concert-drama ‘Last Thoughts: Schubert’s Final Works’, written by Hershey Felder, premiered in 2018 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. He will be returning to The Wallis with an all Beethoven program on April 4, 2020. TheWallis.org/Shihor

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.

Mr. Shihor was dean of the Colburn Music Academy, which he founded in 2010, and served as professor of piano at the Colburn Conservatory for ten years.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he studied with Dr. Emanuel Krasovsky, 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 at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the legendary pianist Jorge Bolet and later graduated from the Juilliard School in New York City where his teacher was the renowned pedagogue Russell Sherman.

Ory Shihor is a Bösendorfer and Yamaha artist.

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