One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. With a warmth to his playing that reflects his personality, Orion has performed with dozens of orchestras in North America and has dazzled audiences with his passionate, lush sound. 

In 2019-20 Weiss will perform with orchestras from Austin to Milwaukee, tour with both James Ehnes and Augustin Hadelich, and in recital with his trademark exquisitely curated repertoire. Recent seasons have seen Weiss in performances for the Lucerne Festival, the Denver Friends of Chamber Music, the University of Iowa, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Series, the 92nd Street Y, and the Broad Stage, and at Aspen, Bard, and Grand Teton summer festivals. Other highlights of recent seasons include his third performance with the Chicago Symphony, a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the release of his recording of Christopher Rouse’s Seeing, and recordings of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. 

Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman. 

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with the violinists Augustin Hadelich, William Hagen, Benjamin Beilman, James Ehnes, and Arnaud Sussman; the pianist Shai Wosner; the cellist Julie Albers; and the Ariel, Parker, and Pacifica Quartets. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.  He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society’s 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel’s La Valse with Shai Wosner.

Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours’ notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax. 

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The New York Times

August 15, 2018

Reading Eagle

January 29, 2018

San Francisco Classical Voice

November 8, 2016

The Washington Post

January 8, 2012


Celebrating Beethoven’s upcoming 250th birthday, Orion Weiss will be teaming up with the violinist Yura Lee and cellist Clive Greensmith. They are offering a deeply moving program featuring Beethoven’s intensely focused late chamber music for one, two, and three voices:

Piano Sonata in A major Op. 101
Violin Sonata in G major Op. 96
Cello Sonata in D major Op. 102, No. 2
Trio in B-flat major Op. 97


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Orion Weiss and Shai Wosner continue their longtime collaboration with a two-piano program combining an exploration of fugues spanning three centuries together with Rachmaninov’s monumental Symphonic Dances. In addition to being close friends, Orion and Shai are two of America’s leading pianists who met when they were students of Emanuel Ax at the Juilliard School. They both share a wholehearted dedication to chamber music, keen musical intellects, and an inquisitive and discerning approach to programming.

Bach: Fugue in G minor BWV578 (arr. Wosner)
Dave Brubeck: Points on Jazz for two pianos, IV. Fugue
Mozart: Fugue in C minor for two pianos, K. 426
Schumann: Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op. 56
Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances for two pianos


2019-2020 Program Choices

Program I – Traces
J.S. Bach: Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Janáček:  Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the Street"  
Augusta Read Thomas: Traces (2006)        
I: Reverie: Like Robert Schumann (The Poet Speaks) crossed with George Crumb  
II: Caprice: Like Scarlatti's Baroque Ornamentation crossed with Art Tatum
III: Tango: Like Astor Piazzola crossed with John Coltrane
IV: Impromptu: Like Stravinsky crossed with Chopin and Thelonious Monk 
V: Toccata: Like J.S. Bach crossed with BeBop
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 
OR Medtner: Five Forgotten Melodies (Vergessene Weisen) for piano, Op. 39, No. 5, “Sonata Tragica”
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23, Op.  57 in F minor,"Appassionata"  

Program II - Fantastic Sonatas
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 
Medtner: Five Forgotten Melodies (Vergessene Weisen) for piano, Op. 39, No. 5, “Sonata Tragica”
Liszt: Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161
VII. Après une lecture du Dante. Fantasia quasi Sonata  
Janáček:  Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the Street"  
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23, Op.  57 in F minor,"Appassionata"  

Program III - Bach and the Natural World
J.S. Bach: Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Schumann: Waldszenen, "Forest Scenes" Op. 82   
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 
J.S. Bach: Toccata in G major, BWV 916
Grieg: Lyric Pieces    
        Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1
        Elves Dance, Op. 12, No. 4
        Butterfly, Op. 43, No. 1
        Lonely Wanderer, Op. 43, No. 2
        Little Bird, Op. 43, No. 4
        Melody, Op. 47, No. 3
        Norwegian Dance (Halling), Op. 47, No. 4
        To Spring,  Op. 43, No. 6
        Elegy, Op. 47, No. 7
        March of the Trolls, Op. 54, No. 3
        Nocturne, Op. 54, No. 4
        Bell Ringing, Op. 54, No. 6
        Brooklet, Op. 62, No. 4
        Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op. 65, No. 6
        Evening in the Mountains, Op. 68, No.4
        Remembrances, Op. 71, No. 7


Select Concertos:

Albéniz/Halffter: Rapsodia español
Bach: Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Bartók: Concertos Nos. 2, & 3
Barber: Concerto
Beethoven: Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & Choral Fantasy
Brahms: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Chopin: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Variations on “Là ci darem la mano”
Copland: Concerto
Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song
de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Gershwin: Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, “I Got Rhythm” Variations, Rhapsody No. 2
Grieg: Concerto
Haydn: Concerto in D major
Khachaturian: Concerto
Liebermann: Concerto No. 2
Liszt: Concertos No. 1 & 2
MacDowell: Concerto No. 2
Martinu: Concerto No. 4
Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Mozart: Concertos K. 271, 414, 453, 459, 466, 467, 488, 491, 503, & 595, and Rondo in D major
Poulenc: Piano Concerto
Prokofiev: Concertos Nos. 3 & 5
Rachmaninoff: Concertos Nos. 2 & 3, & Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Ravel: Concerto in G, & Concerto in D for the Left Hand
Rouse: Seeing
Saint-Saëns: Concerto No. 2
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto
Schumann: Concerto
Schulhoff: Concerto Op. 11
Scriabin: Concerto
Shostakovich: Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Strauss: Burleske
Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1