Jonathan Biss Garrick Ohlsson, piano

“…an incredible technique with razor-sharp accuracy, producing a sound so lush it almost glistens.”
— The Seattle Times

“The unfailingly beautiful tonal variety the pianist found in the score was very special indeed, and his exploratory approach made it sound at times as if the music were being composed under his fingers.”
— The Washington Post

“As he has long demonstrated, he’s a born Brahmsian, equipped at the highest level with the necessary speed and power, the muscular strength and facility of finger tempered by breadth of outlook and solidity of intellect.”
— BBC Music Magazine


The renowned master pianist will perform music by Brahms. The afternoon will climax with his devilishly tricky “Variations on a Theme of Paganini”— a work so challenging that Clara Schumann called it “The Witches’s Variations!”

Johannes Brahms Eight Pieces, Op. 76 Program Notes
Johannes Brahms Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1 Program Notes
Johannes Brahms Variations on a Hungarian Theme, Op. 21, No. 2 Program Notes
Johannes Brahms Ballades, Op. 10 Program Notes
Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35, Book 1 Program Notes

Watch Garrick Ohlsson perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2: