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, commenting on her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, said that she “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made”.
Alice has worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, James Gaffigan, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Myung-Whun Chung, Hannu Lintu and Robin Ticciati.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season include concerts with St Petersburg Philharmonic (Yuri Temirkanov), Washington’s National Symphony (Edo de Waart) and Royal Scottish National orchestras, and tours with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Krzystof Urbański). Recently Alice has debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), Chicago Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado), the Royal Philharmonic (Charles Dutoit) orchestras, and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen). She also returned to Münchner Philharmoniker and toured with Wiener Symphoniker, hr-Sinfonieorchester and Tonkünstler Orchestra.
Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon since 2008, Alice has released albums of works by Beethoven, Liszt and Mussorgsky, among others. Her 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. 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 magazines. Alice’s recent recording, The Chopin Project, with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, was released in March 2015 on Mercury Classics. The album reached No.1 in the Official UK Classical Chart and the iTunes chart in 25 other countries.
Alice’s new album Wonderland is to be released worldwide in September 2016. The album includes Grieg’s Piano Concerto recorded with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. The album coincides with her worldwide recital tour in the 2016/17 season which will feature works by Grieg and Liszt. The tour begins in autumn 2016 with nine performances across Japan, including at Tokyo Opera City, and then continues to Taiwan and China in winter 2017. In spring 2017, she will bring the programme to Europe and give performances in Berlin, Munich, Oslo, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.
Alice has been selected as the 2016 Worldwide Brand Ambassador for Technics, the hi-fi audio brand of Panasonic Corporation. Additionally, Alice has personally designed a signature line of high-end leather bags for Leonhard Heyden to be launched at Berlin Fashion Week in 2017. Alice’s designs include origami elements, reflecting her Japanese heritage, and the inside of the bags will also feature Alice’s hand drawn designs. In summer 2016, Alice also sketched and deigned her own sticker series “And Here Comes Alice”.
Grieg Lyric Pieces (Selection)
Grieg Ballade op. 24
Liszt Sonata in B minor