Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson

“effortless virtuosity and total musical command”

The Guardian

Representation: Europe

Photo: Dario Acosta


Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, he commands an enormous repertoire and performs in recital and with many outstanding orchestras and conductors all over the world. These include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Klaus Tennstedt and Ivan Fischer.  Garrick Ohlsson’s most recent CD releases are two Scriabin discs. His prolific recording output also includes the complete works of Chopin as well as the complete Beethoven sonatas.


Full Biography

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century. This season that vast repertoire can be sampled in concerti ranging from the  rarely performed Paderewski Concerto to Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Barber, in cities including Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, New York,  Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Warsaw.

This season he launches an ambitious project spread over two seasons exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four different programs. The cycle will be heard in New York, San Francisco, and Montreal with individual programs in Europe and a number of cities across North America.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ohlsson has collaborated with the Takacs, Cleveland, Emerson, and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. Passionate about singing and singers, Mr. Ohlsson has appeared in recital with such legendary artists as Magda Olivero, Jessye Norman, and Ewa Podles.

Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels. His ten-disc set of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, for Bridge Records, has garnered critical acclaim, receiving a Grammy award for Vol. 3. His recording of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3, with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, was released in 2011. In the fall of 2008 the English label Hyperion re-released his 16-disc set of the Complete Works of Chopin. Most recently on that label are works of Manuel de Falla titled Fantasia Baetica & other piano music. The latest CDs in his ongoing association with Bridge Records are “Close Connections,” a recital of 20th-Century pieces, and two CDs of works by Liszt with Scriabin complete sonatas due for release this season. In recognition of the Chopin bicentenary in 2010, Mr. Ohlsson was featured in a documentary “The Art of Chopin” co-produced by Polish, French, British and Chinese television stations. Most recently, both Brahms concerti and Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto were released on live performance recordings with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphonies on their own recording labels, and Mr. Ohlsson was featured on Dvorak’s piano concerto in the Czech Philharmonic’s live recordings of the composer’s complete symphonies & concertos, released July of 2014 on the Decca label.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. His musical development has been influenced in completely different ways by a succession of distinguished teachers, most notably Claudio Arrau, Olga Barabini, Tom Lishman, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Rosina Lhévinne and Irma Wolpe. Although he won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains immense personal popularity. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He makes his home in San Francisco.

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Brahms’ Late Piano Works

December 20th, 2018

Garrick Ohlsson on Hyperion

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Cambreling and Ohlsson

November 10th, 2018

Concerts in Barcelona

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Gloria Artis Gold Medal

September 18th, 2018

Award for Garrick Ohlsson

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‘Chopin and his Europe’ Festival

August 27th, 2018

Garrick Ohlsson, Benjamin Grosvenor, and Olli Mustonen

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Discography & Repertoire


Charles Tomlinson Griffes – PIANO MUSIC

Includes Three-Tone Pictures Op. 5, Fantasy Pieces Op. 6, Roman Sketches Op. 7, Piano Sonata, De profundis, A Winter Landscape and Three Preludes with Garrick Ohlsson (piano)



A personal album including five works by Weingarden, Helps, Wolpe, Hibbard and Corte with Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

BRIDGE (2013)

Granados – GOYESCAS
The suite of piano pieces inspired by the paintings of Goya, with Garrick Ohlsson (piano)


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