A succession of illustrious teachers, including Claudio Arrau, Sascha Gorodnitzki and Rosina Lhévinne, virtually ensured that Garrick Ohlsson would become a leading pianist of his generation. In 1966, at the age of eighteen, he won the Busoni International Competition, and in 1968 the Montreal Piano Competition, but it was first prize at the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw two years later that truly brought Garrick Ohlsson international acclaim as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. He remains the only American to have won this distinguished prize. Since then, he has won innumerable other prizes as well, including the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and the University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1998. Known as a pianist with a flawless technique, a strong grasp of form, and a clean, non-romanticized style of performing, his repertory is vast and imposing, ranging from Bach and Haydn to works written for him in the twenty-first century, and includes more than eighty solo works for piano and orchestra. In physical presence he is equally imposing, with a height of six foot four and a hand stretch to match (a twelfth in the right hand, an eleventh in the left). Ohlsson is renowned for his Chopin interpretations, and has recorded this composer’s entire output for piano. He is particularly admired in Chopin’s native country, which he has visited on more than a dozen occasions.
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BRAHMS Two Rhapsodies, Opus 79 (1879)
Rhapsody in B minor
Rhapsody in G minor
LISZT Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale Ad nos,
ad salutarem undam, S. 259 (1850)
arr. Busoni, BV B 59 (1897)
DEBUSSY Étides Book 2 (1915)
Pour les degrés chromatiques
Pour les agréments
Pour les notes répétées
Pour les sonorités opposées
Pour les accords
CHOPIN Fantasy in F minor, Opus 49 (1841)