An imposing physical presence at six feet four inches tall, with a reach of a 12th, Garrick Ohlsson is a pianist with a flawless technique, a strong grasp of form, and a clean, non-romanticized style of performing. Especially noted for his Chopin interpretations, Ohlsson has won several notable prizes and been described as a "bear-butterfly" of a pianist. So completely consumed with musical life, he has, when asked by an interviewer, been unable to remember what kind of car he drives. Ohlsson was born in Bronxville, New York, on April 3, 1948. He began piano studies when he was eight years old, attending the Westchester Conservatory of Music. After he saw Rubinstein in concert, he told interviewer Michael Steinberg, his choice of career was set. "I was blasted into orbit. And that's when I said in my mind...when other little boys say, 'I ...
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