Hailed as a pianist of unusual virtuosity and artistic sensitivity, Kyle Orth is praised by audiences and critics alike. Having concertized across the United States, Israel, and Mexico, Mr. Orth is widely recognized as a captivating and moving musician.
Since Mr. Orth’s orchestral debut at the age of fifteen, he has soloed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Oaxaca (Mexico), the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, and on several occasions with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, performing under the batons of Jaap van Zweden, Vahagn Papian, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Anshel Brusilow, Hector Guzman, and others. Mr. Orth has also appeared with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, and the TCU Symphony Orchestra (as a winner of the school’s concerto competition). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram admiringly reviewed his Fort Worth Symphony debut: “Orth, a piano phenom from Richardson, channeled the virtuosity of Franz Liszt in his haunting fantasy Totentanz (“Dance of Death”). Orth’s melodic piano solos [were] spine tingling….The audience rewarded him with a standing ovation and a curtain call, as if to say, rightly, that they look forward to a big career.” My West Texas called him a “spectacular concert pianist” whose performance was “scintillating.” The Dallas Morning News noted that his prize-winning “performance as a whole was thoughtfully proportioned and detailed, with plenty of virtuosity when called for.”
A distinguished competitor, Mr. Orth holds over twenty first-place wins in local, national, and international music competitions. He was named National First-Place Winner in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Yamaha Senior Piano Competition. Other triumphs include First Prize at the DCS International Piano Competition, the Lennox International Young Artist's Competition, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, the Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition, and the Hellam Young Artists Competition. He also received top prizes in the Kingsville International Young Performers Competitions, the Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, and the Wideman International Piano Competition.
In addition to attending PianoTexas International Academy as a Young Artist, he participated in the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists and in the Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel, where he won first place in their concerto competition. Mr. Orth has been broadcasted on WRR radio, classical 101.1 in Dallas and was invited to perform on numerous occasions for the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings® Program. In June of 2010, Mr. Orth gave a series of recitals in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he returned to continue his performances in December of 2010. He has also given recitals in Oaxaca, Mexico, as well as performances at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Meadows Museum (at SMU).
Born in Fountain Valley, California and raised in Richardson, Texas, Mr. Orth was recently accepted on scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is pursuing his graduate degree with What Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. He studied through high school with Marcy and Alex McDonald, and 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. Mr. Orth was named a prizewinner in both the TCU Piano Division Concerto Competition and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Recital competition.
Apart from his classical music studies, Mr. Orth enjoys reading, writing, and music composition. He is active in the Jewish community, and served for three years as President of Hillel at TCU.