Musica Viva Australia Garrick Ohlsson

1 Jun 2023
Conservatorium Theatre, QCGU
Duration TBC
$58 - $109

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Concession, Youth, Groups

In 1970 Garrick Ohlsson – a gangly pianist from White Plains, New York, all of 22 and unknown beyond his hometown – pulled off an astonishing feat: from nowhere he won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the only American to have done so. He somehow missed the announcement, a kindly audience member informing him that his life would never be quite the same. 

In the subsequent 50 years Ohlsson has owned Chopin’s music like few others, playing it with authority, humility, a sense of discovery and deep commitment. 

Ohlsson has other heroes too. Scriabin is one such example, his powerful, impressionistic music an ideal match for Ohlsson’s authoritative playing. He adores Barber and Schubert, Debussy and Liszt too, choosing this Australian tour for his first performance of the latter’s Sonata in B Minor in many years. His program also features a new work by the Australian composer Thomas Mission. 

Presented by Musica Viva Australia


Piano Garrick Ohlsson


Schuber Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90, No. 1 
Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S.178 
Thomas MissionNew Work* 
Scriabin Étude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1 
Scriabin Étude in D-Flat Major, Op. 8, No. 10 
Scriabin Étude in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 42, No. 5 
Scriabin Two Poems, Op. 32: Andante cantabile 
Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 5 
*World premiere performance. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Stephen Johns for his wife, Michele. 

His performance was a marvel of virtuosity, and he played with Olympian serenity and equanimity, dispatching the most strenuous passages with apparent ease.
New York Review of Books

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