Concert held at: Faith Assembly Auditorium, 1800 Road 72, Pasco, WA
In May 2009, 8-year-old piano prodigy Umi Garrett appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres show. It was such a sensation that her young career has since skyrocketed, receiving requests to perform worldwide and appearing regularly with symphony orchestras in the US and around the world. Now at the age 12, Umi’s most recent accomplishments include winning first prizes at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan in October, The Chopin International
Competition in Budapest, Hungary in June, and Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York earlier in the same year. Among Umi’s earlier highlights are an appearance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops sponsored by NPR’s From the Top, and her orchestral debut with the Desert Symphony in Palm Desert, California in 2009 both at the age of 9, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A major.
Her performances thrilled the audiences with brilliant playing and charm, earning enthusiastic standing ovations and establishing Umi as a definitive rising star in classical music. Outside of the United States, the young pianist has thrilled classical patrons in theatres from Panama to the Netherlands and beyond. Umi made her debut on the Asian continent with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and in 2012 performed with Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia as her European Orchestral debut. Umi has performed solo concerts in Italy, Poland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Australia, Japan and Panama. She captivated European audiences in 2009 in several concerts at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg and in Germany with selected solo and chamber music works. Umi was featured on live Luxembourg television in an interview as a “wunderkind.”
Most recently in 2012 she was invited to perform a solo recital for the Japan Times in Tokyo. Umi was invited as a guest pianist in a festival for the city of Tarnow, and at The Chopin Summer Festival in Busko-Zdroj, Poland as well as the “Assisi in the World” Festival in Italy.
At home Umi has performed with a diverse set of orchestras including Charlotte Symphony in Florida, Thayer Symphony in Massachusetts, Desert Symphony in California, Indiana Chamber Orchestra in Indianapolis, and the Missouri Symphony in Columbia. Umi has been invited to perform for the Kyoto Symposium; a memorial concert of Marvin Hamlisch with the Pasadena Symphony and Pops; the master class with Lang Lang; the annual meeting of Philharmonic Society of Orange County and a VIP event of “From the Top” at Joshua Bell’s house in New York.
Aside from having delivered unparalleled experiences in concert halls and with symphonies worldwide, Umi has recently won numerous first prizes in 2012 at the competitions such as The Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, The International Chopin Piano Competition “Chopin Plus” in Budapest, Hungary, and also at Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York all in the same year, and Umi was the Grand Prix winner (Highest award given) at The International Chopin Competition in Connecticut in 2011 and was subsequently invited to perform at Carnegie (Weill) Hall. She has also won first prizes at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival and the J.S. Bach Competition where she competed with pianists up to the age of 18. She has been a winner in the J.S.Bach Competition for two consecutive years.
A devout student of the piano, currently Umi is studying with John Perry at the Colburn School of Music, and is in the Colburn Academy program. Umi actively participates in international music festivals such as the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, the Cochem Music Festival in Germany and the Sydney International Master Class Festival in Australia.
Umi resides in Southern California, and speaks both English and Japanese fluently. Besides playing piano, Umi enjoys playing with her friends, drawing, going to the art museums and traveling throughout Europe.
Read more about Umi Garrett on her website: http://www.umigarrett.com/
What the Press is saying about Umi Garrett:
“Umi Garrett, displayed a captivating modesty and delight in her considerable achievements. The runs up and down the keyboard rippled with precise articulation. Umi Garrett’s amazing playing may well have duplicated the effect felt by European audiences encountering Mozart in his earliest prodigy years.” – John Zeugner (Telegram & Gazette Reviewer)
“Umi Garrett. Ten-year-old pianist Umi Garrett wowed the sold-out crowd with her masterful performance. She simply blew this reviewer and the audience away with her performance, her fluid runs and countless trills flawlessly performed, joyous at one moment, prayerful at another.” – Peg Goldberg Longstreth, (Florida Weekly)
“To the little Garrett the angel of a genius has flown very close, if not right next to her and Mozart with his smile and the small tear was nearby. Such childish directness and at the same time naturalism and grace, or shine – I think it couldn’t leave indifferent anybody.” – Janis Matulis (Pianist,Head of the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music Department of Compulsory Piano)