Lambert Orkis


The American pianist Lambert Orkis, who was born in 1946 in Philadelphia, began playing piano at the age of four and was twelve when he made his debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His points of artistic focus today include chamber music, contemporary works, and performance on period instruments. Since 1988 Orkis has played as a piano partner of the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, with whom he appears around the world and has recorded numerous award-winning CDs. For 11 years he also accompanied the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in his recitals; during his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Rostropovich created the position of Principal Keyboard Player specifically for him. Lambert Orkis has additionally concertized with the cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, and Han-Na Chang; the violinist Julian Rachlin; the violist Steven Dann; and such ensembles as the Emerson, the American, and the Curtis String Quartets. He has collaborated as a soloist with such conductors as Christoph Eschen-
bach, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Günther Herbig. Orkis performs a highly varied repertoire for a wide range of ensembles. Such composers as George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primrosch have written new solo works for him.  A counterpart to this commitment to contemporary music is his interest in historically informed performance practice: Orkis has played works by Beethoven and Schubert on a fortepiano and keyboard pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk on a Chickering concert grand built in 1865. Lambert Orkis teaches piano at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he has been distinguished with the Award for Creative Achievement.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1994 in a recital with Anne-Sophie Mutter, with a program of works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Currier, and Schumann.

August 2016