Orloff/Walz Duo

 
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As friends and colleagues for over forty years, cellist John Walz and pianist Edith Orloff continue to enjoy an active musical partnership.  They have performed a wide range of repertoire in duo-recitals across the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, and Poland.  A special result of their collaboration was a tour in 2006 honoring the centennial of cellist Pierre Fournier.

In addition to their concerts as a duo, each artist has a musical life rich in solo, concerto and chamber music performances.  Mr. Walz and Ms. Orloff are the founding members of the acclaimed Pacific Trio which, with violinist Roger Wilkie, has regularly toured the U.S. and Europe.  The trio's recordings include the CD "American Composers", featuring works by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, and Muczynski, and a recently released album of trios by Bloch, Zemlinsky, and Korngold.

Over the years, the duo's discography has included an album "Kol Nidre" of varied works for cello/piano as well as CDs of repertoire by Martinu and Dvorak.  In July 2015, the Orloff/Walz Duo traveled to Germany to record a CD of works by Brahms, the two sonatas for cello and piano as well as five selected Hungarian Dances (in an arrangement by Piatti).  The unique aspect of this project is that, by special provision, the recording was made in the renowned Bagno Konzertgalerie in Steinfurt, Germany, the oldest free-standing concert hall in Europe.

No account of the duo's ongoing partnership would be complete without mention of their long-standing association with the Idyllwild Arts summer music festival in Southern California, where they have both served as faculty and performers since 1976.

 

 

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Edith Orloff

A versatile performer, pianist Edith Orloff is acclaimed as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist whose music-making is praised at home and abroad for interpretive vitality and perceptive musicianship.  Her concerts have taken her across the United States as well as to Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Italy, and Canada.  "Her passagework purled, delicacy or crunch emerged to order from her rapid playing, chords had a cushion of authority, articulation illuminated melody" (Los Angeles Times).  In 1998, her German debut was received as "elegant, a pleasure to hear".

She is a founding member of the Los Angeles based Pacific Trio, with violinist Roger Wilkie and cellist John Walz, which regularly tours the U.S. and Europe and is featured on numerous international radio broadcasts.  The trio also ensemble-in-residence at Idyllwild Arts summer festival, where Ms. Orloff has taught piano and chamber music since 1976.

She has been guest artist with such prestigious groups as the Houston Symphony Chamber Players, Ensemble Con Brio of Bruchsal, Germany, and the Czech String Trio.  Promoting new music, she has launched series featuring works of contemporary composers and is a regular performer on prominent series in the Los Angeles area, also in duo recital with each trio colleague. 

Ms. Orloff holds two degrees from CalArts, where she studied piano with Earle Voorhies and chamber music with Cesare Pascarella.  Other influential teachers were Reginald Stewart, Jerome Lowenthal, Rosina Lhevinne, Daniel Pollack, Hellmut Hidegheti, and Roberto Eyzaguirre.  In addition to her long-time summer faculty position at Idyllwild Arts, Edith also teaches privately and in master class.  Along with musical activities, she enjoys the study of languages, and is fluent in Bulgarian, German, and French.

 

 

 

 

 

John Walz

Cellist John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship.  A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on 4 continents.  His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities.

In 1979, Mr. Walz, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio.  Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony.  He is currently on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Academy.


His ever expanding discography includes recordings of concertos by Dvorak, Haydn, Shostakovich, Bloch, Martinu, Vivaldi; trios by Brahms, Dvorak, Smetana, and the newly released Pacific Trio CD featuring Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Archduke Trio.