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Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson

*3 IV 1948 Bronxville, Nowy Jork

Garrick Ohlsson – 1st Prize winner, 8th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1970). Garrick Ohlsson took up the piano at the age of eight at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, New York, with Thomas Lishman. From 1961 to 1971, he studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, first with Sascha Gorodnitzki and from 1968 with Rosina Lhévinne and Olga Barabini. He also consulted with Claudio Arrau and Irma Wolpe. He made his first public appearance at the age of 12, in 1960.

Mr. Ohlsson is a 1st Prize winner of three major international piano competitions: the Busoni in Bolzano (1966), Montreal (1968) and the Chopin competition in Warsaw (1970) where he also received the Polish Radio Award for best mazurka performance.

Working with impresario Sol Hurok, he went on his first grand tour of Europe in 1969. His performances at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome and the La Fenice in Venice were particularly well received. After his triumph at the Chopin Competition, Ohlsson became a very popular pianist with a heavy invitations overload. American newspapers wrote of him as a national hero; Sol Hurok organized a major US tour, consisting of over 40 concerts. Since that time, Mr. Ohlsson has continued to tour extensively, playing with the best conductors and orchestras in the world. In 1998 he inaugurated the Beijing Music Festival, performing with the Berlin Radio Orchestra under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. In 1999, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death, he gave a series of Chopin recitals at European festivals, including La Roque d'Anthéron, the Fêtes Romantiques de Nohant, and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Essen.

Mr. Ohlsson often performs in Poland as a recitalist and soloist with symphonic orchestras. His is a favourite of Polish audiences, highly praised for the virtuosity and grandeur of his interpretations of Chopin, Liszt and Scriabin.

Mr. Ohlsson also appears as chamber musician, working with singers Ewa Podleś and Jessie Norman, violinist Hilary Hahn and string quartets (Cleveland Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Guarneri Quartet and Takács Quartet). He formed the San Francisco FOG Trio together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier.


 

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