Pianist Lambert Orkis has achieved international renown for his performances as a chamber musician, for his renderings of contemporary music, for his interpretations on period instruments and for his acclaimed recordings, which have received multiple Grammy Award nominations. For more than fifteen years, the celebrated duo of pianist Lambert Orkis and violinist Anne?Sophie Mutter has appeared to capacity audiences in the finest performance venues. Mr. Orkis’ substantial career includes more than ten years of international touring as a partner with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, Han-Na Chang and with violinist Julian Rachlin.
He has premiered and recorded compositions of numerous composers including solo works by George Crumb, Richard Wernick, Maurice Wright, and James Primosch. Wernick’s award-winning Piano Concerto was premiered in the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., and in New York’s Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting.
Lambert Orkis is a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players in addition to performing as principal keyboard with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. He is professor of piano at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia where he has been teaching for more than thirty years. Temple University has honored Mr. Orkis with its Faculty Award for Creative Achievement and the Alumni Association Certificate of Honor.