John Orlando, Guest Pianist and Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series Executive Director
Sunday, October 26th, 4pm, 2014
John Orlando graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of Southern California. His teachers there were John Crown and Alice Ehlers. He has also worked with Dorothy Taubman, Edna Golandsky, Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Gyorgy Sandor, Pawel Skrzypek, Halida Dinova and Helene Wickett.
In 1968 Dr. Orlando was chosen first prize winner in the “Young Artist’s Competition” sponsored by the Fresno Philharmonic Association. In 1986 he gave the world premiere of the Concerto for Piano and Winds, written for him by New York composer, Anthony Newman. During the Spring and Summer of 1997 Dr. John Orlando premiered piano works written for him by Anthony Newman and George Barati on an international tour with performances in the United States, Australia, Italy, and Brazil.
He has performed with the San Jose, Santa Cruz County and Fresno Symphonies, the Cabrillo Festival, and the Institute for the Development of Intercultural Relations for the Arts in Santa Cruz. He is a founding member of the Johannes Trio and in 2005, he toured California with the Akademos Quartet in a performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet. In 2010 Dr. Orlando performed concertos by Mozart with the San Francisco Sinfonietta in the newly completed Samper Recital Hall at Cabrillo College and at Herbst Hall in San Francisco. Other engagements followed with the Cadenza Chamber Orchestra, directed by Maya Barsacq.
Dr. Orlando has held teaching positions at the Universities of Southern California and Santa Clara. He is instructor emeritus at Cabrillo College where he was head of the piano department for over a generation. Dr. Orlando is the director of the Distinguished Artists Concert & Lecture Series which he founded in 1984. He was one of the first recipients of the Gail Rich Award for community service in the Arts in Santa Cruz County, and was chosen Best College Teacher and Best Performer in Santa Cruz County by the Good Times Weekly local newspaper.