Alice Sara Ott
Echoes of Life
A multimedia reimagining of the piano recital, Alice Sara Ott illuminates Chopin’s bewitching and elusive 24 Preludes with help from masterpieces of the piano literature. Accompanied by a full-length video installation designed by architect Hakan Demirel, this program takes us on a virtual journey of musical reflection through the microcosm that is Echoes Of Life, in its US premiere.
Alice Sara Ott’s latest project marks her tenth album on Deutsche Grammophon, for whom she is an exclusive recording artist.
Echoes Of Life is Ott’s personal musical reflection on life, built around Chopin’s Preludes op. 28 and interspersed with seven works by the likes of György Ligeti, Nino Rota, Chilly Gonzales, Tōru Takemitsu, Arvo Pärt, Francesco Tristano and Ott herself. Her collaboration with Demirel results in an album-length digital video installation accompanying the recital, taking the audience on their own virtual journey and creating a wholly original concert experience.
The project has its world premiere in London’s Southbank in November 2021, followed by dates at Paris’ La Seine Musicale, Munich Prinzregententheater, Lucerne KKL, Budapest MUPA, Antwerp de Singel, Klavierfest Ruhr, and Lille Piano Festival, plus a major tour in Japan in spring 2022. Echoes Of Life follows on from seminal albums such as Nightfall, Wonderland, and The Chopin Project, taking her total number of album streams to over 150 million.
In the 2021–22 season Alice Sara Ott performs with Borusan Philharmonic with Patrick Hahn, KBS Symphony in Seoul with Christoph Eschenbach, with Camerata Salzburg and Francois Leleux. She performs Ravel’s Left Hand Concerto on tour with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck.
Alice Sara Ott has worked with conductors at the highest level including Gustavo Dudamel, Pablo Heras-Casado, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Edward Gardner, Paavo Järvi, Sir Antonio Pappano, Gianandrea Noseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Myung-Whun Chung and Robin Ticciati. She continues to perform with ensembles such as Berliner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Münchner Philharmoniker, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener Symphoniker.
Also a talented illustrator and designer, Ott created a signature line of bags for JOST, one of Germany’s premium fashion brands. She has also been global brand ambassador for Technics and collaborated with French luxury jewellery house Chaumet, part of the LVMH group.
“Her technique is dazzling, her tone wonderfully varied, from crystalline purity to powerfully raw, and the energy propelling her playing seems unstoppable.” — The Guardian
ECHOES OF LIFE
IN THE BEGINNING WAS
Francesco Tristano: In The Beginning Was
Frederic Chopin: Preludes 1–4
György Ligeti: Musica Ricercata, I. Sostenuto
Frederic Chopin: Preludes 5–9
WHEN THE GRASS WAS GREENER
Nino Rota: Valse
Frederic Chopin: Preludes 10–15
NO ROADMAP TO ADULTHOOD
Chilly Gonzales: Prelude in C Sharp Major
Frederic Chopin: Preludes 16–18
Toru Takemitsu: Litany I. Adagio
Frederic Chopin: Preludes 19–20
A PATH TO WHERE
Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
Frederic Chopin: Preludes 21–24
LULLABY TO ETERNITY
Alice Sara Ott: Lullaby To Eternity
(on fragments of W.A.Mozart’s “Lacrimosa”)
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