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Ory Shihor has been hailed by New York Newsday as "the first important Israeli pianist to come along in years." He has established himself as one of the leading young pianists in America today with highly successful debuts in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. Mr. Shihor is the recipient of the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Competition, the prestigious Gina Bachauer Prize at the Juilliard School, and first prize winner of the 1999 Washington International Piano Competition. In addition he was a prize winner at the 1998 Ninth Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and at the 1997 Cleveland International Piano Competition. In the 1999-2000 season, Mr. Shihor will perform at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Shihor's international concert debuts have included appearances in Germany, Spain, Greece, and Guatemala. Mr. Shihor's orchestral engagements have included the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel and in America, the Tallahassee Symphony, Missouri Symphony and the Memphis Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Tel Aviv, Mr. Shihor was a recipient of American Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships from the age of twelve. He came to the United States at the age of fifteen to work with Jorge Bolet at the Curtis Institute of Music and later studied with Russell Sherman at the Juilliard School in New York, where he completed his Bachelor of Music. Mr. Shihor is currently completing graduate studies at the University of Southern California with the distinguished pianist and teacher, John Perry.