Twenty-three year old German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide. At the age of thirteen, Alice was hailed the “Most Promising Artist” at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition, and two years later she went on to take the top prize at the Silvio Bengalli International Piano Competition as the youngest contestant.
Recent concerts have seen Alice perform with the Münchner Philharmoniker, London Symphony and Tokyo Symphony orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National orchestras. Alice has also toured with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding and made her BBC Proms debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Sakari Oramo in August 2011.
Forthcoming orchestral debuts include concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Essen Philharmonic Orchestra and Tonkünstler Orchester, as well as returning to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2012 Alice tours Japan with the hr-Sinfonieorchester and Paavo Järvi, and will embark on a major European recital tour of venues in Paris, London, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Brussels, Zaragossa and Bilbao.
In addition to her solo activities Alice is a keen chamber musician, appearing at festivals such as Heimbach, Moritzburg, Davos and Schwetzingen alongside artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Tadjana Masurenko, Peter Sadlo and Jan Vogler. Alice appears frequently in recital at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She made her debut at the Lucerne Festival in autumn 2010 and in summer 2012 she makes her first appearance at the Verbier Festival.
Alice has recorded exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008, with her highly successful debut recording of Liszt’s 12 Études d’exécution transcendante quickly followed by a second album of the complete waltzes of Frédéric Chopin. This second release entered both the German and US Classical iTunes charts at No.1. Alice’s debut orchestral recording featuring Piano Concertos by Tchaikovsky and Liszt (with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Thomas Hengelbrock) was named Editor’s Choice in both International Piano and Classic FM Magazine. Her recent recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas was released in August 2011. Alice was awarded the prize for Young Artist of the Year at the Klassik Echo Awards for her Chopin recording in October 2010.
Alice currently resides in Munich.