Garrick Ohlsson, a native of White Plains, New York, began his piano studies at the age of eight. He attended the Westchester Conservatory of Music and at thirteen entered the Juilliard School. Mr. Ohlsson has studied with a succession of distinguished teachers, including Claudio Arrau, Olga Barabini, Tom Lishman, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Rosina Lhévinne, and Irma Wolpe. He won first prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montreal Piano Competition, and in 1970 he won the gold medal at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Mr. Ohlsson made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1972 and is a regular guest with the Orchestra.
The 2013-14 season includes recitals in Montreal, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Kansas City, culminating in Carnegie Hall with a program of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Charles Tomlinson Griffes. This season he also makes return visits to the orchestras of Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Cleveland. Performances outside North America include appearances in Stockholm, São Paulo, and Hong Kong, in addition to a Dvořák project with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer. Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takács, and Tokyo string quartets, and together with former SFS Associate Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis and SFS Principal Cellist Michael Grebanier is a founding member of the FOG Trio. He has also appeared in recital with singers such as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podleś.
Garrick Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Virgin Classics labels. He released a ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven sonatas for Bridge Records; for the third installment of this series he was awarded a Grammy. Other releases for Bridge Records are Close Connections (a recital of twentieth-century pieces) and two CDs of works by Liszt. For the Hyperion label, he recorded a sixteen-disc set of the complete works of Chopin, and discs of Brahms’s piano variations, Enrique Granados’s Goyescas, and music of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. His recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was released in 2011. He is also featured in the documentary The Art of Chopin, released in recognition of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth in 2010. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor. He makes his home in San Francisco.