Pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Louis Lortie Replace Maurizio Pollini in Recitals at Carnegie Hall on April 29 and May 6
About the Artists
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin. Throughout his career, he has also been noted for masterly performances of works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. Mr. Ohlsson’s concerto repertoire alone is unusually wide and eclectic—ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the twenty-first century—and, to date, he has at his command more than 80 concertos. In acknowledgement of the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth, he has performed recitals this season featuring the composer’s works in cities including Chicago, Hong Kong, London, and New York, He last performed in recital at Carnegie Hall in 2002. He was also featured as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in November 2011 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and will appear with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in April. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, Bridge, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Virgin Classics labels. A native of White Plains, New York, Mr. Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8. He attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music and, at 13, entered The Juilliard School in New York City. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994.
Performances by French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie have attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Celebrated for his interpretation of Beethoven, Mr. Lortie has performed complete sonata cycles at London's Wigmore Hall, Toronto's Ford Center, Berlin's Philharmonie, and the Sala Grande del Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. He has also won widespread acclaim for his interpretation of Ravel and Chopin. He performed the complete works of Ravel in London and Montréal for the BBC and CBC, and is renowned for his recitals featuring Chopin's complete etudes all over the world. He last performed in recital at Carnegie Hall in 2007. This season’s engagements have included performances led from the keyboard with the Slovenian Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and the Quebec Symphony, concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Sydney, Bournemouth, Saint Louis, Calgary, North Carolina, San Diego and Oklahoma City, a tour in Italy with the Kremerata Baltica, and a performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Brussels Brahms Festival. Louis Lortie has made over 30 recordings for Chandos, covering repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. He made his debut with the Montréal Symphony at the age of thirteen; three years later, his first appearance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra led to an historic tour of the People's Republic of China and Japan. In 1984, he won First Prize in the Busoni Competition and was also prizewinner at the Leeds Competition. In 1992, he was named Officer of the Order of Canada, and received both the Order of Quebec and an honorary doctorate from Laval University.
Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires made her London debut in 1986, and first played in New York three years later. Ms. Pires has performed with many major European and American orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Often praised for her extraordinary renditions of Mozart's works, Ms. Pires has also shown a remarkable affinity for Bach, Chopin, and Schubert. An enormously successful recording artist, she has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 1989. Her recording of Mozart's complete sonatas received the 1990 Grand Prix du Disque. Since 1989, Ms. Pires has been an enthusiastic performer of chamber music, touring Europe and the Far East with violinist Augustin Dumay. In 2000, Ms. Pires decided to take several months off in order to concentrate on a variety of educational projects in Portugal. She started playing at the age of three, giving her first public performance two years later. Ms. Pires performed Mozart concertos when she was seven and received Portugal's major prize for musicians at age nine. She studied with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoit at the Lisbon Conservatory, graduating at 16. Post-graduate studies took her to Germany, where she studied with Rösl Schmidt, in Munich, and with Karl Engel, in Hannover. In 1970, she won the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels.
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