Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Sunday July 30, 2023 at 4:00pm
Sunday July 30, 2023 at 4:00pm
Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition (still the single American to have done so), pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Ohlsson has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, and has been hailed by The Seattle Times as having “incredible technique with razor-sharp accuracy, producing a sound so lush it almost glistens.”
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“I know of few performers who resist so well this literature’s temptations toward self-aggrandizement and yet emerge with such a vibrant sense of identity.” — The New York Times
Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36
Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58
Learn More About the Artist
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire ranging over the entire piano literature and he has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century.
A frequent guest with the orchestras in New Zealand and Australia, Ohlsson accomplished a seven-city recital tour across Australia just prior to the closure of the concert world due to COVID-19. Since the re-opening of concert activity in summer 2021, he has appeared with the Indianapolis, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, Toronto and Cleveland orchestras, in recital in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston; Ravinia and Tanglewood summer festivals and a tour in the U.S. with colleague Kirill Gerstein. The 2022-23 season includes orchestras in Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, San Diego, Spain, Poland, and Czech Republic.
An avid chamber musician, Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Tokyo, and Takacs string quartets and began the 2022–23 season with a U.S. tour with Poland’s Apollon Musagete quartet. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podleś. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels.
A native of White Plains, N.Y., Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8 at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. He has been awarded first prizes in the Busoni and Montreal Piano competitions, the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1970), the Avery Fisher Prize (1994), the University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI (1998), the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (2014), and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit from the Polish Deputy Culture Minister.
To learn more about Garrick Ohlsson, please visit his website (https://garrickohlsson.com).
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This concert is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Susan and John Freund Piano Fund.