Internationally renowned pianist to play Minnesota Beethoven Festival


A Grammy-winning, internationally renowned pianist will be in Winona Tuesday to perform at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, the Winona Daily News reports.

Garrick Ohlsson -- the first and only American to win the prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition in Poland more than 40 years ago -- will take stage at the Harriet Johnson Auditorium at Winona State University.

Ohlsson tells the Daily News that winning the gold medal at the Chopin Piano Competition in 1970 "set the tone" for the rest of his career, and led to his opportunity to play with every major orchestra in the world.

"It opened all the doors," he said.

Since then, he's been nominated for several Grammys, and won for Best Instrumental Solo Performance in 2008.

Ohlsson, 65, started playing piano at age 8 at the Westchester Conservatory of Music and entered the Juilliard School Preparatory Division at 13.

Today, the acclaimed pianist still plays more than 90 concerts a year.

Other acts performing at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival this week in Winona include the American String Quartet and the Aerial Quartet on Thursday, and Dale Warland and Festival Chorale, on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival, which began July 4, concludes on July 23 with the Russian National Orchestra.

Listen to a recording of Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven below.

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