Garrick Ohlsson

Biography

Born: April 3, 1948; Bronxville, NY  
An imposing physical presence at six feet four inches tall, with a reach of an octave and a fifth, Garrick Ohlsson is a pianist with a flawless technique, strong grasp of form, and a clean, non-romanticized style of performing. He began piano studies when he was eight years old, attending the Westchester Conservatory of Music. After he saw Rubinstein in concert, he told interviewer Michael Steinberg, his choice of career was set. "I was blasted Read more into orbit. And that's when I said in my mind...when other little boys say, 'I want to be a fireman,' that's what I want to do." He entered the preparatory course of the Juilliard School when he was 13, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki; remaining at Juilliard for his bachelor's degree in music (earned in 1971), he studied with Rosina Lhévinne. Private studies with Olga Barabini, Irma Wolpe, and Claudio Arrau rounded out Ohlsson's education.

In 1966 he won the Busoni Competition in Italy, and in 1968, the Montreal Piano Competition, but it was his 1970 victory in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw that launched his career. He was the first American winner, and his victory gained some of the same kind of attention as had Van Cliburn's Tchaikovsky Competition triumph a little over a decade earlier. A Warsaw critic called Ohlsson a "bear-butterfly" of a pianist, and the young pianist had a distinctive image to go with his credentials.

Ohlsson has maintained a strong association with the music of Chopin, and has played the Polish master's complete piano works several times in recital and on recordings. His Chopin interpretations favor intense emotionalism over a languid, swooning salon style. Ohlsson is by no means exclusively a player of Chopin however; his repertory extends from Haydn to twentieth century masters and includes more than 80 works for piano and orchestra. He tours and appears as a guest soloist with orchestras around the world and has made over a dozen tours to Poland alone, where he continues to be particularly esteemed for his Chopin playing. He is also an avid chamber performer and has collaborated with the Cleveland, Tokyo and Tákacs quartets. With violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier he founded the FOG Trio, based in San Francisco. During the 2002-2003 season, Ohlsson appeared as part of the Lincoln Center Great Performers series in New York, performing works by Busoni. A pianist completely consumed with musical life, Ohlsson has, when asked by an interviewer, been unable to remember what kind of car he drives. Read less
Debussy, Bartok, Prokofiev: Etudes  / Garrick Ohlsson
Release Date: 07/10/2015   Label: Hyperion  
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Schubert: Piano Sonatas in A Major & A Minor,
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Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson - Live At The Fryderyk Chopin University  In Warsaw
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Dux Records  
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Biography

Born: April 3, 1948; Bronxville, NY  
An imposing physical presence at six feet four inches tall, with a reach of an octave and a fifth, Garrick Ohlsson is a pianist with a flawless technique, strong grasp of form, and a clean, non-romanticized style of performing. He began piano studies when he was eight years old, attending the Westchester Conservatory of Music. After he saw Rubinstein in concert, he told interviewer Michael Steinberg, his choice of career was set. "I was blasted Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro agitato
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Presto
IV. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve
I. Un poco allegro
II. Andante appassionato
III. Lento - Scherzo
IV. Allegretto deciso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (1988 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (1988 Digital Remaster): II. Romanze (Larghetto)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11 (1988 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21 (1988 Digital Remaster): I. Maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21 (1988 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21 (1988 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro vivace
16 Polonaises (2005 Digital Remaster): C sharp minor, Op.26/1
16 Polonaises (2005 Digital Remaster): E flat minor, Op.26/2
16 Polonaises (2005 Digital Remaster): A, Op.40/1, 'Military'
16 Polonaises (2005 Digital Remaster): C minor, Op.40/2
Trois Polonaises Posthumes Op. 71: No. 8 in D minor Op. 71/1
Trois Polonaises Posthumes Op. 71: No 9 in B flat major Op. 71/2
Trois Polonaises Posthumes Op. 71: No. 10 in F minor Op. 71/3
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 1 in C major (Agitato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 2 in A minor (Lento)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 3 in G major (Vivace)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 4 in E minor (Largo)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 5 in D major (Allegro molto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 6 in B minor (Lento assai)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 7 in A major (Andantino)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 8 in F sharp minor (Molto agitato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 9 in E major (Largo)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 10 in C sharp minor (Allegro molto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 11 in B major (Vivace)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 12 in G sharp minor (Presto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 13 in F sharp major (Lento)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 14 in E flat minor (Allegro)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 15 in D flat major (Sostenuto) ["Raindrop"]
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 16 in B flat minor (Presto con fuoco)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 17 in A flat major (Allegretto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 18 in F minor (Allegro molto)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 19 in E flat major (Vivace)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 20 in C minor (Largo)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 21 in B flat major (Cantabile)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 22 in G minor (Molto agitato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 23 in F major (Moderato)
Preludes Op. 28 (2005 Digital Remaster): No. 24 in D minor (Allegro appassionato)
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro agitato
Tableau I
Tableau II
Tableau III
Tableau IV + V
Tableau VI - Variazioni
Tableau VII
Tableau VIII
Tableau IX
Andante sostenuto
Molto moderato; Allegro assai
Andante sostenuto
Molto moderato; Allegro assai
The Carnival of the Animals: Clarissa's Introduction (Voice)
I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lions (Voice)
II. Hens and Roosters (Voice)
III. Mongolian Wild Donkeys (Voice)
IV. Tortoises (Voice)
V. The Elephant (Voice)
VI. Kangaroos (Voice)
VII. Aquarium (Voice)
VIII. Personages with Long Ears (Voice)
IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Forest (Voice)
X. Aviary (Voice)
XI. Pianists (Voice)
XII. Fossils (Voice)
XIII. The Swan* (Voice)
XIV. Finale (Voice)


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