Garrick Ohlsson

Instrumental Focus

  • piano

Garrick Ohlsson, piano, has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. He has at his command more than eighty concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the twenty-first century, many of which were commissioned for him. This season, that vast repertoire can be sampled in concertos by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, and Copland in cities across the world, ending with a spring US West Coast tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. In recital, he can be heard in LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York, New Orleans, Hawaii and Prague. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Takács, 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.