Piano

Garrick Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire ranging over the entire piano literature, and is regarded as one of the leading exponents of the music of Chopin. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos. Highlights of 2014/15 include performances of Busoni’s Piano Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra, and return engagements with the San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Minnesota, BBC Scottish and Prague Symphony Orchestras. A native of White Plains, New York, he began his piano studies at the Music Conservatory of Westchester, and at age 13 entered The Juilliard School. His musical development has been influenced in completely different ways by a succession of distinguished teachers, most notably Claudio Arrau, Olga Barabini, Tom Lishman, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Rosina Lhévinne and Irma Wolpe. Although he won First Prize at the 1966 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation, and he remains the only American to have won First Prize. His recordings include Brahms’s Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 2 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.