Edith Orloff, piano

 

A versatile performer, pianist Edith Orloff is acclaimed as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist whose music-making is praised at home and abroad for interpretive vitality and perceptive musicianship. Her concerts have taken her across the United States as well as to Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Italy, Canada, and Mexico. “Her passagework purled, delicacy or crunch emerged to order from her rapid playing, chords had a cushion of authority, articulation illuminated melody.” (Los Angeles Times).  In 1998, her German debut was received as “elegant, a pleasure to hear”.

With colleagues John Walz and Roger Wilkie, Ms. Orloff is a member of the Los Angeles-based Pacific Trio. She has also been guest artist with the Houston Symphony Chamber Players,  Ensemble Con Brio of Bruchsal, Germany, and the Czech String Trio.  Promoting new music, she has launched series featuring works of contemporary composers. Ms. Orloff is a regular performer on prominent series in the Los Angeles area, also in duo recital with each trio partner. She has also recorded for Yarlung, Marsyas, and Capriccio.  Her new CD, “Personal Touch”, recorded in Germany for the Encora label, is an album of varied works for solo piano by old masters and contemporary composers. The album has garnered high praise in recent reviews by American Record Guide and the German publication PianoNews.

Ms. Orloff holds two degrees from CalArts, where she studied piano with Earle Voorhies and chamber music with Cesare Pascarella. Other influential teachers were Reginald Stewart, Jerome Lowenthal, Rosina Lhevinne, Daniel Pollack, Hellmut Hidegheti, and Roberto Eyzaguirre.

In addition to her long-time summer faculty position at Idyllwild Arts, Ms. Orloff also teaches privately and in master class.  Along with musical activities, she enjoys travel, literature, and study of languages.