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. The Fort Worth Star Telegram admiringly labeled him a “piano phenom” who delivers “spine tingling” performances.
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 Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Oaxaca (Mexico), 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 Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, and the TCU Symphony Orchestra (as a winner of the school’s concerto competition). The Fort Worth Star-Telegram 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.”
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 Lennox International Young Artist's Competition, First Prize at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, and Grand Prize at the Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition. He also received top prizes in the Kingsville International Young Performers Competitions and the Corpus Christi International Piano Competition.
In April of 2010, Mr. Orth was invited to perform at the Meadows Museum on the campus of SMU, for a gala honoring Texas Governor Rick Perry. He has performed for music groups such as the Fine Arts Chamber Players, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Pro Musica of Dallas, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In addition to attending the 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.
Over the years, Mr. Orth has performed in master classes with many world-renowned piano artist/teachers, including Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Douglas Humphreys, Olga Kern, Vladimir Feltsman, Barry Snyder, and Robert Weirich. Mr. Orth’s own past teachers were Marcy McDonald, Alex McDonald, and Justin Proffitt.
Born in 1990 in Fountain Valley, California, Mr. Orth began studying the piano at the age of 8. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at Texas Christian University (TCU) as a student of John Owings. Attending the university with a full-tuition scholarship, he is a recipient of several music and academic awards, including the School of Music’s Nordan Young Artist Award. Mr. Orth also receives regular coaching from Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky of the Julliard School. Apart from his classical music studies, Mr. Orth enjoys reading, writing, music composition, and English Country Dancing. He is active in the Jewish community, and serves as President of Hillel at TCU.