McIntire Department of Music

Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared in recital with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich since 1983.

His distinguished career also includes collaborative appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, and Han-Na Chang, violinist Julian Rachlin, and violist Steven Dann, and he has performed with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester String Quartets. As soloist he has made appearances with conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth Slowik, John Mauceri, Robert Kapilow, Leon Fleisher, and others.

A multi-Grammy Award nominee, his wide discography comprises works of the Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras on many labels. With Anne-Sophie Mutter, he has frequently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, winning a Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance" for the Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonatas and a 2006 "Choc de l'année" award from the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique for the recently released Mozart Violin Sonatas audio recording. He has also recorded works of Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin/Franchomme with Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma, and has released discs on Bridge Records of solo works written for him by George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primosch.

His most recent solo releases on the Bridge Records label include, as fortepianist and pianist, three separate performances of Beethoven's "Appassionata" sonata using instruments based upon Viennese piano building designs which represent three snapshots in time of Viennese keyboard evolution. Another disc features piano music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk performed on an 1865 Chickering concert grand piano from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

As a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, he has performed with them since 2003 to critical and audience acclaim. The ensemble is comprised of principal players of the string and keyboard sections of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra. A recording of Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25 has been released.

Solo discs as fortepianist of Schubert works for Virgin Classics have been recorded. As founding member and fortepianist of the Smithsonian Institution's Castle Trio, he has given many performances including several cycles of Beethoven's twenty-eight major works for fortepiano and strings, and produced highly regarded recordings of Beethoven and Schubert trios. In 2006 they have presented concerts in Washington DC, Virginia, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Lambert Orkis holds the position of Principal Keyboard of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra. He is Professor of Piano at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, where he was honored with the university's Faculty Award for Creative Achievement and the Alumni Association's Certificate of Honor.

Recent Recordings

The Master Class will include the following works:

Beethoven: Cello Sonata #3 In A, Op. 69

  1. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
  2. Scherzo: Allegro Molto
  3. Adagio Cantibile - Allegro Vivace
Jenna May Kim, cello
Ji Nin Loh, piano

Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 19
    III. Andante

Daniel Pinkham, cello
Alex Crosett, piano

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