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Olafur Arnalds - Alice Sara Ott: Bio

German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide and has established herself as one of the most exciting musical talents of today. The Guardian commented on her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra that she "gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made."

Recently Alice has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy), Washington's National Symphony Orchestra (Neeme Järvi) and Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Thomas Dausgaard). She has also toured with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Hannu Lintu), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Myung-Whun Chung).

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include debut appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Pablo Heras-Casado), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Cristian Macelaru) and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (Thomas Søndergård). She also returns to the London Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda) and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen) and tours with NHK Symphony Orchestra (John Storgards).

Previously Alice has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), San Francisco Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Robin Ticciati), hr-Sinfonieorchester (Paavo Järvi) and Münchner Philharmoniker (Lorin Maazel).

Following a series of successful duo recital tours with fellow pianist Francesco Tristano in Japan, South Korea and Australia, in the autumn they begin a tour of Europe which includes performances in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Stuttgart's Liederhalle, Philharmonie Luxembourg and London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. To coincide with the tour, Alice and Tristano release their first CD together, Scandale, a duo programme recorded by Deutsche Grammophon.

Alice has recorded exclusively for DG since 2008. Her highly successful debut recording of Liszt's Douze Études d'exécution transcendante was quickly followed by an album of Chopin's complete waltzes, which entered the German and US Classical iTunes charts at No.1 and won Alice the ECHO Klassik Young Artist of the Year Award.

Alice's debut concerto album – works by Tchaikovsky and Liszt with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Thomas Hengelbrock – was named Editor's Choice in both International Piano and Classic FM magazines. January 2013 saw the release of a live recording of her recital at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre from the 2012 White Nights Festival, which included Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. In spring 2013 she joined up with violinist Lisa Batiashvili to record a CD of works by Clara Schumann.


Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who started as a drummer for a series of metal bands in his native Iceland. His entry into the neo-classical field was somewhat accidental. After German band Heaven Shall Burn heard some solo demo material, they asked him to provide piano-and-string pieces for their 2004 album Antigone. The Erased Tapes label heard the album, was impressed with Arnalds' contributions, and contacted him about recording a full album of material in that vein. The life-cycle concept album Eulogy for Evolution, released in 2007, was the result, with Arnalds -- primarily on piano -- supported by a string quartet. A trio of EPs followed in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Arnalds provided the scores for the 13-minute short Blinky TM and the feature-length Órói (Jitters), and he also released …And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, his second proper album. His score for Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day (2011) greatly increased his profile, as he continued to release works like Stare (2012) -- a collaborative EP with Nils Frahm -- and For Now I Am Winter (2013). Later that year, Arnaulds' scored the BBC television series Broadchurch, which produced its own soundtrack. A digital download of the composer's score for Ronald Krauss' film Gimme Shelter was released in February of 2014, followed by a physical release in April.

1 Verses
2 Piano Sonata No.3: Largo
3 Nocturne in C Sharp Minor
4 Reminiscence
5 Nocturne in G Minor
6 Eyes Shut - Nocturne in C Minor
7 Written In Stone
8 Letters Of A Traveller
9 Prelude in D Flat Major
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Olafur Arnalds, Alice Sara Ott - Verses

Award-winning young Icelandic pop/classical musician Ólafur Arnalds has always loved the piano music of Frédéric Chopin, but he'd grown weary of the uniform and standardized "perfection" of Chopin recordings. "There has been no re-invention of the way Chopin's music has been presented since recording began, and I was longing for someone to come along and try something different. And one day, on a long flight to London, I thought: why don't I do it myself'" And thus, in partnership with the acclaimed German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott, THE CHOPIN PROJECT was born. The album will be released on March 17 on Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics. 

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