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 Garrick Ohlsson


On May 10th, 2010,  pianist Garrick Ohlsson gave a lecture there entitled; “Why Chopin? and Other Questions”. Winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson is regarded as one of the world's leading performers of the music of Frédéric Chopin. He is also noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. In his 2009-2010 season, Mr. Ohlsson has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, and the St. Petersburg Philarmonic, as well as the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Vancouver, Indianapolis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Baltimore.

 In this conversation, lecture Garrick Ohlsson discusses issues such as Chopin’s relationship to the piano (3.00), Chopin and period instruments (10.28), the “pianistic” Chopin (14.55), the Nocturnes (30.22) and performs the Nocturne in D-flat major Op. 27/2 (54.33).
In the final section he answers questions from the audience:
- On emotional contents, tempo and let go (1.01.12)
- Chopin and other composers (1.04.25)
- Chopin’s relation to opera and singing (1.08.00)

 Garrick Ohlsson is regarded as one of the world’s leading performers of the music of Frédéric Chopin. He is also noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. 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. His undertaking of the complete Beethoven sonatas for Bridge Records resulted in a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (vol. 3 in the series). His sixteen-disc set of the complete works of Chopin, originally recorded for Arabesque, was re-released by Hyperion.

 Celebrating the 200th birthday of Fryderyk Chopin, this major co-production not only tells the story of the composer's brief life but brings together some of the world's greatest pianists playing excerpts from some of his best-known works. It includes appearances by Arthur Rubinstein, rare footage of Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman and Evgeny Kissin in their early days, as well as Garrick Ohlsson (winner of the 1970 Chopin International Competition) who also provides his own perceptive observations on Chopin's genius. The second disc features Ohlsson with Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic in complete performances of both of Chopin's piano concertos.