Alice Sara Ott

Biography

Alice Sara Ott

The German-Japanese pianist is acclaimed worldwide for her vigorous performances. On 31 January 2016, she plays Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at London's Barbican and she's about to release a new album of the Grieg Piano Concerto on Deutsche Grammophon, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

  • Alice Sara Ott was born in 1988 in Munich, Germany, to a German father and Japanese mother.
  • The young girl decided she wanted to become a pianist after being taken to a concert when she was three years old. She started piano lessons the following year, and studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum from the age of 12.
  • Ott has won awards at a number of piano competitions, including first prize at the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition.
  • She has worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Neeme Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko and Myung-Whun Chung.
  • The Guardian, commenting on a performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, said that Ott “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.”
  • Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008, Ott has released albums of works by Beethoven, Liszt and Mussorgsky, among others.
  • Her debut concerto album – works by Tchaikovsky and Liszt with Münchner Philharmoniker and Thomas Hengelbrock – was named Editor’s Choice in both the International Piano and Classic FM Magazine.
  • Her CD The Chopin Project, a collaboration with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, reached No.1 in the Official UK Classical Chart and the iTunes chart in 25 other countries. They took the project on a European tour in September 2015, including performances in Copenhagen, Hamburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Frankurt, Paris and London.

Alice Sara Ott plays Liszt

The Chopin Project with Olafur Arnalds

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