Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Alice Sara Ott

German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide and has established herself as one of the most exciting musical talents of today. The Guardian commented on her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra that she “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.” 

Recently Alice has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy), Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra (Neeme Järvi) and Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Thomas Dausgaard). She has also toured with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Hannu Lintu), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Myung-Whun Chung).  

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include debut appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Pablo Heras-Casado), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Cristian Macelaru) and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (Thomas Søndergård). She also returns to the London Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda) and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen) and tours with NHK Symphony Orchestra (John Storgards). 

Previously Alice has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), San Francisco Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Robin Ticciati), hr-Sinfonieorchester (Paavo Järvi) and Münchner Philharmoniker (Lorin Maazel).  

Following a series of successful duo recital tours with fellow pianist Francesco Tristano in Japan, South Korea and Australia, in the autumn they begin a tour of Europe which includes performances in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, Philharmonie Luxembourg and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. To coincide with the tour, Alice and Tristano release their first CD together, Scandale, a duo programme recorded by Deutsche Grammophon.

Alice has recorded exclusively for DG since 2008. Her highly successful debut recording of Liszt’s Douze Études d’exécution transcendante was quickly followed by an album of Chopin's complete waltzes, which entered the German and US Classical iTunes charts at No.1, won Alice the ECHO Klassik Young Artist of the Year Award.

Alice’s debut concerto album - works by Tchaikovsky and Liszt with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Thomas Hengelbrock - was named Editor’s Choice in both International Piano and Classic FM magazines. January 2013 saw the release of a live recording of her recital at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre from the 2012 White Nights Festival, which included Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. In spring 2013 she joined up with violinist Lisa Batiashvili to record a CD of works by Clara Schumann.

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