Garrick Ohlsson


Appears on: Mozart's Jupiter Symphony

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. The 2015–16 season includes recitals in Berkeley, New York,  Indianapolis, Brisbane, Seattle, La Jolla, Evanston, Forth Worth, Lincoln and Costa Mesa. In return visits to Australia he will appear in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and for the first time with the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and Auckland. With concertos as diverse as Beethoven, Brahms, Barber, and Busoni, he can be heard with orchestras in Boston, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Nashville, Indianapolis, Oregon, Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Manchester (UK), and Lugano (Switzerland). In the fall he will serve as a judge at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, and in April he will join the Takács Quartet for a brief east coast tour culminating at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Ohlsson brought Busoni's rarely programmed piano concerto to the National Symphony (Washington) and London’s Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2014. 2015 marked the centenary of the death of Alexander Scriabin whose piano music Mr. Ohlsson presented in a series of recitals in London, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. He also returned to the orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Minnesota, BBC Scotland, and Prague, where he is a frequent guest. 

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. 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, Mr. Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podles. 

Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, including a GRAMMY® for Vol. 3. His recording of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3, with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was released in 2011. In the fall of 2008 the English label Hyperion re-released his 16-disc set of the complete works of Chopin followed in 2010 by all the Brahms piano variations, Goyescas by Enrique Granados, and music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. Most recently on that label are Scriabin's Complete Poèmes and ètudes by Debussy, Bartók, and Prokofiev. The latest CDs in his ongoing association with Bridge Records are “Close Connections,” a recital of 20th-century pieces, and two CDs of works by Liszt. In recognition of the Chopin bicentenary in 2010, Mr. Ohlsson was featured in a documentary The Art of Chopin, co-produced by Polish, French, British, and Chinese television stations. Most recently, both Brahms concertos and Tchaikovsky's second piano concerto were released on “live” performance recordings with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies on their own recording labels, and Mr. Ohlsson was featured on Dvořák’s piano concerto in the Czech Philharmonic’s live recordings of the composer's complete symphonies & concertos, released July of 2014 on the Decca label.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick 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.