PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON IS FEATURED SOLOIST
PITTSBURGH – Guest Conductor Herbert Blomstedt returns to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) in BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts featuring the music of Johannes Brahms at Heinz Hall.
Blomstedt first conducted the PSO in June 1981 and was most recently at Heinz Hall in November 1996. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson is the soloist. Ohlsson last performed with the PSO in November 2008. He made his PSO debut in June 1974.
These BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts will take place on Thursday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, ranging from $12.50 to $46.50 on Thursday, and from $20 to $88 on Friday and Saturday, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The program will feature Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, a piece that many feel is Brahms’ reaction to the attempted suicide of his friend and fellow composer, Robert Schumann. The program will also feature Brahms’ First Symphony, which took the perfectionist composer 21 years to complete.
The PSO would like to recognize and thank BNY Mellon for their 2010-2011 title sponsorship of BNY Mellon Grand Classics. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is the Official Automotive Group of the PSO. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the Official Hotel of the PSO.
Herbert Blomstedt made his debut as conductor with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in February 1954. He has served as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and the Swedish and Danish Radio Orchestras. From 1975 to 1985 he was chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden and toured over twenty European countries, the USA and Japan. He continues his collaboration with this orchestra and was awarded their Golden Badge of Honor in 2007. As guest conductor, Maestro Blomstedt has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic, BR Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and NHK Symphony, of which he is Honorary Conductor.
Blomstedt, who celebrated his 80th birthday in 2007, received several Honorary Doctorates and is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Music Academy. In fall 2003 he was awarded the “Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz” by the German Federal President Johannes Rau.
Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. Ohlsson is an avid chamber musician who has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takács and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio. In the 2009-2010 season, Ohlsson presented a series of all-Chopin recital programs in Seattle, Berkeley and La Jolla culminating at Lincoln Center in fall and winter of 2010, in recognition of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birthday.