Ory Shihor is an award-winning pianist, renowned teacher and co-founder of the Ory Shihor Institute. His students have garnered impressive credentials as winners of top prizes in prestigious international competitions such as the Naumburg and Hiton Head, and are regularly accepted to top conservatories and universities such as Curtis and Juilliard, among others.
His teaching philosophy has 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 able to handle the rapid success at his young age, coupled with having to return to his homeland in order to complete his military service, has brought Ory’s career to a complete halt.
“When I was at Juilliard, I wasn’t open to learning new things. I thought I knew it all. In hindsight, I realized it was my own fear – I was afraid to discover how little I knew and how much more I have to learn.”
Upon his return to New York from the military, Ory found himself broke and in desperate need of a breakthrough. He spent a couple of 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 1st prize at 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, conservatories, and universities.
Ory lives in Los Angeles, California, where he pursues his passion 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 the Ory Shihor Institute which provides piano performance training and exams for students of all levels, teacher training and certification, and a pre-college program for advanced young pianists with a focus on college audition preparation.
His students have garnered impressive credentials as winners of top prizes in prestigious international competitions such as the Naumburg and Hilton Head and are regularly accepted to top conservatories such as Curtis and Juilliard, among others.
Mr. Shihor was the winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Gina Bachauer Juilliard Prize, first prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition and prize winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.
He has performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world, including The Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, 92nd Street “Y” in New York, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, among many others.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he came to the United States at age 15 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music and later graduated from the Juilliard School.