DC Metro Theater Arts: National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Barber’s sole piano concerto... begins with an Allegro appassionato whose quicksilver runs and trills, under Ohlsson’s hands, flew like swift-flowing streams of thousands of slippery-smooth, tiny pearls.

His nimble fingers – there had to have been hundreds of them; how else could so many individual notes have been so piercingly sharp, so meticulously played, and so distinctly heard – hammered relentlessly, turning the pearls into silver-steel balls, then repeatedly clawed and seized the keys, his hands rippling and roiling across the keyboard, suggesting the menacing approach of rumbling…

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Broadway World: Classical Pianist Garrick Ohlsson Inspires OCSA Students During Master Class

World-renowned classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson was the first American to win the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1970

To date, he has mastered more than 80 concertos, performing with acclaimed orchestras around the world. In addition to being one of the leading exponents of the music of Chopin, he is also noted for his masterly performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Ohlsson gives a motivating and impactful master class for Orange County School of the Arts students from the Instrumental Music…

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The Orange County Register: Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson has lived with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 for 50 years.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 is 240 years old, and much about its creation remains a mystery, but pianist Garrick Ohlsson has no doubt that the 21-year-old composer was inspired by the same thing that motivates so many young men: a girl. “Whoever she was, she must have been a very special pianist – and lady,” said Ohlsson, 69, who will perform the work this week with the Pacific Symphony…

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