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Garrick Ohlsson

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16 Feb - 2 Mar 2020

2020 International Concert Season

A man, a piano, and you. Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital. His commanding presence – very tall, and with one of the largest handspans of any pianist – is at odds with the delicacy and finesse for which he’s famous. Half a tonne of glossy black wood and gleaming metal becomes a time machine, allowing the music of his favourite composers to speak to us with uncluttered immediacy. If you just want to hear good music beautifully performed, this is an ideal opportunity.

Program One opens with the engaging work Beethoven regarded as the best of his own early sonatas, followed by Prokofiev’s gripping first ‘War’ Sonata. Program Two highlights Brahms: Clara Schumann, the finest pianist of her age, called his late pieces ‘a true source of enjoyment, everything, poetry, passion, rapture, intimacy, full of the most marvellous effects’, and she wasn’t over-stating it. The second half of each program is all Chopin, a composer dear to Ohlsson's heart. He remains the only American to have won the Chopin Competition.

Garrick Ohlsson Piano

Presented in association with Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival

View the concert guide.

Program 1

Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne Weekday, Perth, Sydney Weekend

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 11 in B flat major, op 22
PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata no 6 in A major, op 82
CHOPIN Impromptu no 2 in F-sharp major, op 36
CHOPIN Etudes, op 25 nos 5-10
CHOPIN Berceuse, op 57
CHOPIN Scherzo in C-sharp minor, op 39

Program 2

Canberra, Melbourne Weekend, Newcastle, Sydney Weekday

BRAHMS Two rhapsodies, op 79
BRAHMS Seven Fantasias, op 116
BRAHMS Variations on a theme of Paganini, op 35 bk 2
CHOPIN Nocturne in B flat minor, op 9 no 1
CHOPIN Piano Sonata no 3 in B minor, op 58


Program 1 - 111 min
Program 2 - 103 min

Join us at every concert for exclusive experiences including pre-concert talks to enhance your concert experience, as well as the chance to meet your favourite artists.


Prior to the concert, join fellow music lovers in this fascinating pre-concert talk and discover some of the intricate moments within the concert program.

Perth 16 Feb – 5.45pm, Corner Stage Riverside, Terrace Level 2
Canberra 18 Feb – 6.15pm, Athenaeum (Foyer)
Newcastle 20 Feb – 6.45pm, Mulubinba Room
Sydney 22 Feb – 1.15pm, Function Room Level 1
Sydney 24 Feb – 6.15pm, Function Room Level 1
Melbourne 25 Feb – 6.15pm, Boardroom, Level 2
Brisbane 27 Feb – 6.10pm, Boardroom
Melbourne 29 Feb – 6.15pm, Boardroom, Level 2
Adelaide 02 Mar – 6.45pm, Prince Alfred Room


Immediately following the performance, join us for an entertaining and light-hearted Meet the Artist session. Come with any questions you may have! 

Perth 16 Feb - Post-concert, from the stage
Sydney 24 Feb - Post-concert, from the stage
Melbourne 25 Feb - Post-concert, Foyer


Immediately following the performance, join Musica Viva's new Artistic Director, Paul Kildea, for a light-hearted Meet the Artistic Director discussion. 

Canberra 18 Feb - Post-concert, Athenaeum (Foyer)
Newcastle 20 Feb - Post-concert, Mulubinba Room
Brisbane 27 Feb - Post-concert, Foyer
Adelaide 02 Mar - Post-concert, Foyer


Immediately following the performance, CDs will be available for purchase, which Garrick Ohlsson will be happy to sign.

Sydney 22 Feb - Ground Floor Foyer
Melbourne 29 Feb - Post-concert, Foyer


  In conversation with Garrick Ohlsson

  Chloe Hooper speaks with the legendary pianist.

  Read here.




Paul Kildea introduces Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson, Schubert, Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 ("Der Wanderer”)

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Event Dates

  • Perth 16 Feb 2020 6:30 PM
  • Canberra 18 Feb 2020 7:00 PM
  • Newcastle 20 Feb 2020 7:30 PM
  • Sydney 22 Feb 2020 2:00 PM
  • Sydney 24 Feb 2020 7:00 PM
  • Melbourne 25 Feb 2020 7:00 PM
  • Brisbane 27 Feb 2020 7:00 PM
  • Melbourne 29 Feb 2020 7:00 PM
  • Adelaide (SOLD OUT) 02 Mar 2020 7:30 PM

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