Ory Shihor is an award-winning pianist, educator, arts administrator and entrepreneur. Mr. Shihor was the founding Dean of 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.
He is currently a piano professor at both the Colburn Music Academy and the Colburn Conservatory. His teaching strategies have transformed the playing of hundreds of students over the course of his 20-year career, making him one of the most sought-after and well-respected piano teachers and mentors 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 mountain biking. He lives with his wife, Maria, and their cat, Fester.
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. TheWallis.org/Ory
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.