The core of Orlando Bass' musical activities is centred around piano performance.
Based in France, he plays at a variety of international venues, in concert halls and private settings alike, but also in places where musical performance is unexpected.
Equally comfortable on modern and historical instruments, he enjoys performing on somewhat unusual pianos, using their different characteristics to nourish and vary his musical interpretation. This gives him the possibility of choosing a historically adequate piano for performance, or purposely choosing an inadequate piano out of sheer curiosity.
He regularly performs an extensive part of the classical repertoire, and feels the need to explore forgotten masterpieces, by famous and unknown composers alike, in such a way that he can present a more honest overview of the evolution of music through the ages, in concert programmes combining rare pieces with conventional repertoire. This has led him to adore the explosion of musical expressions, languages, aesthetics in the earlier part of the 20th century.
A keen interpreter of contemporary music and a staunch supporter for new music, he has given numerous first performances of solo and ensemble works. He firmly believes that collaborating with living composers is key to understanding music of the past with an open mind.
Chamber music is a particularly important part of Orlando Bass' life, he shares many concerts and recordings with colleagues and friends. He has many musical partners, most often playing in duo (both instrumental and vocal) and in trio.
The art of transcription is another obsession of his. He is fascinated by achieving orchestral colours at the piano, and not only performs other composers' transcriptions, but writes his own arrangements and paraphrases of symphonic and operatic works, and commissions original transcriptions.
He is supported by the Banque Populaire Foundation.