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Alice Sara Ott

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24 Preludes, Op. 28 : Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - No. 23 in F Major. Moderato Alice Sara Ott 00:46
Chopin: Waltz in A Minor, KK IVb No. 11 Alice Sara Ott 01:59
Nocturnes, Op. 9 : Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 9 - No. 2 in E-Flat Major. Andante Alice Sara Ott 04:07
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" : Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" - I. Adagio sostenuto Alice Sara Ott, Ludwig van Beethoven 05:23
Written In Stone Ólafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott 03:27
Nocturne in G Minor Ólafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott 02:55
Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" Alice Sara Ott 03:22
Suite bergamasque, L. 75 : Debussy: Suite bergamasque, L. 75 - I. Prélude Alice Sara Ott, Claude Debussy 04:18
Beethoven: Bagatelle in C Major, WoO 54 "Lustig und Traurig" Alice Sara Ott, Ludwig van Beethoven 01:33
Suite bergamasque, L. 75 : Debussy: Suite bergamasque, L. 75 - IV. Passepied Alice Sara Ott, Claude Debussy 03:50

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Biography

The sister of Mona Asuka Ott - herself a highly regarded musician - Alice Sara Ott is a German-Japanese classical pianist particularly noted for her interpretations of the works of Liszt and Chopin, and has been praised around the world for her dynamic playing.

Born in Munich in 1988, she was encouraged by her Japanese mother to study piano from the age of four, reaching the finals of a youth competition in her home city when she was just five years old, and instantly felt an affinity with music, describing it as "a language that goes beyond words". At the age of 12 she studied piano at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Karl-Heinz Kammerling. Winning numerous regional competitions, she was signed to the Deutsche Grammophon label at 19 and made her recording debut with 'Liszt: Etudes d'Exécution Transcendante', which went to number 30 on Billboard's Classical Albums Chart in 2010. The same year she made her breakthrough in the UK as a late stand-in for Lang Lang at the Barbican when her performance was described by one critic as "the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made". She went on to have further success with 'Beethoven', 'Chopin: Complete Waltzes' and 'Tchaikovsky/Liszt: First Piano Concertos', all of which enhanced her reputation further.

She went on to become a major concert attraction, performing with the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony and Wiener Symphoniker, attracting much interest and endless publicity with her model looks, quirky personality, and explosive playing, often appearing on stage in a ballgown and bare feet. She was particularly acclaimed when a live performance of piano works by Modest Mussorgsky and Franz Schubert in St. Petersburg was recorded for 'Pictures' (2013) and she teamed with pianist Francesco Tristano for dance pieces on 'Scandale' (2014). She partnered with Icelandic electronic musician and composer Ólafur Arnalds for 'The Chopin Project' in 2015, featuring works by Chopin and Arnalds drawn from Chopin motifs, which reached number six on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart. She followed this with 'Wonderland: Edvard Grieg - Piano Concerto/Lyric Pieces' with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.