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Garrick Ohlsson

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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
American Classics - Lazarof: Tableaux, Violin Concerto, Etc / Ohlsson, Schwarz
Release Date: 01/20/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559159   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Brahms: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4810409 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
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    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Belohlavek, Czech
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002110502 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Alisa Weilerstein,  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas in A Major & A Minor,
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 930 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 4.
    Witold Lutoslawski: Opera Omnia, Vol. 6
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 198 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Emilia Sitarz,  Bartlomiej Wasik,  Garrick Ohlsson,  Tomasz Daroch
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk,  Jean Deroyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lutoslawski Piano Duo,  Nfm Wroclaw Philharmonic,  Court-Circuit Ensemble
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  • 5.
    Liszt, Vol. 2 / Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9409 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 6.
    Libor Pesek: The Gold Collection
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4132 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Josef Suk,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Michaela Fukacova,  Garrick Ohlsson,  Petr Skvor,  Eva Depoltová
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kühn Mixed Chorus,  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Griffes: Piano Music / Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67907 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Tomlinson Griffes
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 8.
    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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  • 9.
    Close Connections / Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9380 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Weingarden,  Robert Helps,  Stefan Wolpe,  William Hibbard  ... 
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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    Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Etc / Marriner, Ohlsson
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94610 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 11.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Works /  Lugansky, Ohlsson, Ponti
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9192 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky,  Garrick Ohlsson,  Michael Ponti
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    Granados: Goyescas / Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67846 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 13.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Garrick Ohlsson, Warsaw Philharmonic
    Label: Juxtapositions   Catalog: 3078944 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphonic Dances / Spano, Ohlsson, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Aso Media (Label)   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Robert Spano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Lazarof: Chronicles; 5 Sonatinas For Violin And Piano; Coucertazioni / Ohlsson, Edinger, Hellwig
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3133 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Lazarof
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Christiane Edinger,  Klaus Hellwig,  Marcos Fregnani-Martins  ... 
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  • 17.
    Chopin: Ballets
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49834 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  John Lanchbery
    Performer:  Philip Gammon,  Ronald Smith,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Andrei Gavrilov  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Irving,  John Lanchbery
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  • 18.
    Romantic Ballets
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49849 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Vittorio Rieti,  Frédéric Chopin,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Lilian Watson,  Delia Wallis,  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Terence Kern,  Louis Frémaux,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finchley Children's Music Group
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  • 19.
    Weber: Complete Piano Sonatas / Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 22076 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 20.
    Garrick Ohlsson Plays Chopin, Brahms & Liszt
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5013 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  James Loughran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Liszt: Fantaisie Und Fuge; Sonata In B Minor
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9337 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 22.
    Garrick Ohlsson: Complete Beethoven Sonatas Vol. 9
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9274 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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  • 23.
    Music Of Ursula Mamlok 2
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9293 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ursula Mamlok
    Performer:  Claire Chase,  David Eggar,  Allen Blustine,  David Bowlin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daedalus Quartet,  Electronic Media
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  • 24.
    Best Chopin 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31666 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Ingrid Fliter,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Dinu Lipatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Paul Kletzki,  Charles Dutoit,  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Brahms: The Complete Variations For Solo Piano / Ohlsson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67777 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
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