"Within four bars, I recognize that a formidable, seasoned artist is at work...”—Gramophone
“First-rate playing, expressive and assured." —American Record Guide
“Exciting, personal, always meaningful…” —Nordbayerischer Kurier (Germany)
"Dignity and a sense of scale...a developing sense of narrative..." —Piano Professional (UK)
Concert pianist Kevin Robert Orr fulfills a broad agenda as performer, masterclass clinician, lecturer and adjudicator that has taken him to major music institutions across the North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Australia.
A University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, Orr's live performances and CD recordings have earned critical acclaim across the globe. In particular, his recordings of the complete Johannes Brahms Solo Piano Sonatas and Ballades have been universally praised in the major music publications of North America and Europe. His most recent recording, the piano concerto and solo works of Samuel Barber, was released in 2017. A strong advocate of new music, Orr has premiered and recorded solo and ensemble works by numerous present-day composers. Orr’s performances of both new and standard classical repertoire have been heard on Public Radio throughout the United States and on BBC London.
Orr is the Founder, and for seventeen years Director, of The University of Florida International Piano Festival (www.arts.ufl.edu/pianofestival), an annual summer event assembling gifted young pianists with distinguished pedagogues from around the world. Additionally, Dr. Orr has taught at the Val Tidone International Festival Summer Camp, Piacenza, Italy, Cadenza Music Festival, Bankok, Thailand, and has been a faculty member of the Masterclasses Ars Haliaeti, held each summer in Koper-Isola, Slovenia.
While focusing primarily upon the performance and teaching of classical music, Orr is also interested in improvisational musical styles. His course, “Improvisational Keyboard Skills,” exposes students to practical keyboard skills outside the classical realm.
Dr. Orr studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve University, and at The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. He was the recipient of the William Kurzban Prize in Piano from the Cleveland Institute, and the Aurora Ragiani Martin Piano Award from The Dana School. His teachers have included Paul Schenly, Robert Elliot Hopkins, Caroline Oltmanns, Melva Huebert, and Doris Arnold-Cunningham. With graduate degrees in performance, Dr. Orr also holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education.
A Steinway Artist, Kevin Robert Orr records for Meyer Media, LLC. His recordings are available at kevinrobertorr.com, and through iTunes, Amazon and Rhapsody.