The American pianist, Orion Weiss, attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly. Other teachers include Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours' notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.
Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators in his generation of young American musicians. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues in a wide range of repertoire and formats. At age 26, he continues to demonstrate his gift for communication across boundaries of style and setting.
In the past three seasons, Orion Weiss has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. He has also appeared with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City, Phoenix, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis, Albany, Annapolis, Louisville, and Omaha, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, Pacific Symphony and Oregon Symphony, among others. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman. He toured the USA with the Orchester der Klangverwaltung Munich in October 2007. The summer of 2008 saw him perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his 2008-2009 season include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In spring 2008, Orion Weiss released his debut recording, a recital disc for Yarlung Records including works of J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Scriabin, and Carter.