Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as a chamber musician, interpreter of
contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared worldwide with
violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and performed in recital with cellist Mstislav
Rostropovich for more than 11 years.
His distinguished career includes appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma,
Daniel Müller-Schott, and Han-Na Chang; violinist Julian Rachlin; and violist Steven Dann,
as well as with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester string
quartets. As a soloist, he has made appearances with conductors Christoph Eschenbach,
Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth
Slowik, John Mauceri, Robert Kapilow, and Leon Fleisher.
A Grammy Award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, Mr. Orkis's wide discography comprises
works of the Classical, Romantic, and modern eras on many labels. With Ms. Mutter, he has
frequently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, winning a Grammy Award in the category of Best
Chamber Music Performance for their recording of Beethoven violin sonatas, and a 2006 Choc
de l'année award for their album of Mozart violin sonatas. He has also recorded solo discs
as fortepianist of Schubert works for Virgin Classics, as well as discs on Bridge Records
of solo works written for him by George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primosch. At
Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Mr. Orkis premiered Wernick's Piano Concerto, written
for him, with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rostropovich.
Mr. Orkis has held the position of principal keyboard of the National Symphony Orchestra
since 1982. He is professor of piano at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music
and Dance in Philadelphia, and is a recipient of the university's Faculty Award for
In acknowledgment of his accomplishments, Mr. Orkis has been honored with Germany's Cross
of the Order of Merit.