Hailed as “spine-tingling” (Fort Worth Star Telegram) and “breathtaking” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Kyle Orth is a pianist of unusual virtuosity and artistic sensitivity. Having concertized across the United States, Israel, and Mexico, Mr. Orth is widely recognized as a captivating soloist and chamber musician. The Dallas Morning News praised his playing as “thoughtfully proportioned and detailed, with plenty of virtuosity when called for.”
Since Mr. Orth’s orchestral debut at the age of fifteen, he has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca (Mexico), Dallas Chamber Symphony, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and on several occasions with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, performing under the batons of Jaap van Zweden, Vahagn Papian, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Hugh Wolff, Anshel Brusilow, Hector Guzman, and others. Mr. Orth has also appeared with the symphony orchestras of Lewisville, Brazos Valley, Midland-Odessa, and San Angelo. Most recently, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra on their subscription series, a performance which the Star Tribune described as being “thrillingly visceral.”
A distinguished competitor, Mr. Orth holds over twenty first-place wins in local, national, and international music competitions. Triumphs include Grand Prize in the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, as well as First-Place in the Dallas International Piano Competition, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Yamaha Senior Piano Competition, Lennox International Young Artist's Competition, Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition, and Hellam Young Artists Competition. He also received top prizes in the Kingsville International Young Performers Competitions, Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, and Wideman International Piano Competition.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Orth has studied and performed across the globe in festivals including the Perlman Music Program, the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Prades Festival-Academie in France. He was a member of the Caspian Quartet, a competitively selected honors ensemble at the New England Conservatory, which was awarded a recital in Jordan Hall. He also participated in the PianoTexas International Festival and the Tel-Hai International Master Classes in Israel, where he won first place in their concerto competition. Mr. Orth's recordings have been broadcasted on WGBH-WCRB classical 99.5 in Boston and New Hampshire, as well as WRR radio, classical 101.1 in Dallas. He has presented solo recitals in Cabo San Lucas and Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as performances at the MFA Boston, Dallas Museum of Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Meadows Museum (at SMU). As an advocate for promoting music education in public schools, he was invited to perform on numerous occasions for the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings® Program.
Born in Fountain Valley, California and raised in Richardson, Texas, Mr. Orth studied through high school with Marcy and Alex McDonald. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University (TCU) as a full-tuition scholarship student of John Owings. At TCU he was a recipient of several music and academic awards, including the School of Music’s Nordan Young Artist Award. He completed his graduate degree at the New England Conservatory (NEC), where he is continuing his studies with Wha Kyung Byun in the highly selective DMA program. During his time at NEC, he was awarded the Presser Foundation Graduate Music Award in 2018 and a Presidential Scholarship from 2016-2018; he also won the piano department concerto competition and performed Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto in Jordan Hall.
Apart from his classical music studies, Mr. Orth enjoys hiking, reading, and music composition. He is active in the Jewish community, and served for three years as President of Hillel at TCU. He lives in Boston with his wife and Orth Duo partner, violinist Rachel Arcega Orth.