Piano series concludes with Garrick Ohlsson

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Piano series concludes with Garrick Ohlsson

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will bring the music of Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St., capping off the Lied’s 2015-16 Piano Series at 7:30 p.m. April 6.

Tickets are on sale here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Ohlsson commands a repertoire of more than 80 concertos, ranging from Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him.

Ohlsson has performed with orchestras in Boston; Los Angeles; Ottawa, Canada; Manchester, United Kingdom; and Lugano, Switzerland. This month, he will join the Takacs Quartet for a brief East Coast tour culminating at Carnegie Hall.

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

A native of White Plains, New York, Ohlsson began his piano studies at age 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music. At 13, he entered The Juilliard School in New York City. Although he won first prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montreal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland, where he won the gold medal – and remains the only American to have done so – that brought him worldwide recognition. Since then, he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he remains popular.

Ohlsson was awarded the 1994 Avery Fisher Prize and the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University. He makes his home in San Francisco.

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