On Sunday, September 30, at 4:00 pm at Peace United Church in Santa Cruz, pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be heard in an all-Brahms program. On his program will be the eight Capriccios and Intermezzi of Op. 76, the two rarely heard sets of variations from Op. 21, the Four Ballades , Op. 10, and end with the famous Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1.
Ohlsson is the first and only American to win first prize in the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, in 1970. He also won first prize at the Busoni Competition in Italy and the Montreal Piano Competition in Canada. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohlsson has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards, winning one in 2008.
An imposing figure at a height of six feet four inches, Mr. Ohlsson has unusually large hands and can span a 12th with his left hand and an 11th with his right. He has a vast repertoire of solo and concerto works that has concentrated at times on the works of Frederick Chopin and the complete Sonatas by Beethoven, yet he astonished audiences a few year ago with a recording of Goyescas by Granadaos that matched and perhaps even excelled the historic performance by Alicia de Larrocha.
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