German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott was born in 1988 in Munich. Recently Alice has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy), Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra (Neeme Järvi) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Thomas Dausgaard). She has also toured with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Hannu Lintu), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Myung-Whun Chung).
Highlights of the 2014-15 season include debut appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Pablo Heras-Casado)and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Cristian Macelaru). She also returns to the London Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda) and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen) and tours with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (John Storgårds).
Alice has previously appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), the San Francisco Symphony (Pablo Heras-Casado), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Robin Ticciati), the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Paavo Järvi) and the 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 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie. To coincide with the tour, Alice and Tristano will 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 DouzeÉtudesd’exécutiontranscendante was quickly followed by an album of Chopin’s complete waltzes which entered the German and US Classical iTunes charts at No1and won Alice the ECHO Klassik Young Artist of the Year Award.
Alice’s debut concerto album featuring 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 Stars of the White Nights festival, which included Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. In spring 2013 she joined up with violinist Lisa Batiashvili to record a CD of works by Clara Schumann. Her latest CD, The Chopin Project (a collaboration with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds), was released in March 2015.The album has reached No1 in the official UK Classical Chart and the iTunes chart in twenty-five other countries.