Alice Sara Ott

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Alice Sara Ott
Alice Sara Ott 2013.jpg
Born (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 31)
EducationMozarteum University of Salzburg

Alice Sara Ott (born August 1, 1988) is a German born Japanese classical pianist and the elder sister of Mona Asuka Ott.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ott was born in Munich, Germany, in 1988; her Japanese mother had studied piano in Tokyo and her father was a German civil engineer.[2] She says she realised as a child that "music was the language that goes much beyond any words" and that she wanted to communicate and express herself through music.[3] She started piano lessons when she was four, and reached the final stage of the youth competition in Munich at the age of five, playing to a full house in the Hercules Hall.[3]

She won the Jugend musiziert competition in Germany when she was seven years old.[4]

In 2002 she was the youngest finalist at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan where she won the Most Promising Artist award.[1][5]

From the age of twelve, she studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling [1] while continuing her school education in Munich. Ott has won awards at a number of piano competitions, including first prize at the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition.

Her sister Mona Asuka Ott is also a professional pianist.[6]

In February 2019, Ott announced on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[7]


Ott has made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and performs regularly concert tours in Europe, Japan and the United States. She won first prize in the 2003 Bach Competition in Köthen, the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition in Italy,[4] and the 4th EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) International Competition in 2005.


Ott has a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon[4] and her recordings include:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Alice Sara Ott". Deutsche Grammophon. June 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  2. ^ Durrant, Sabine (20 November 2011). "Alice Sara Ott: 'I don't want to have burn-out syndrome'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  3. ^ a b "Power & Grace". Glass Magazine (7): 154–156. 2011. ISSN 2041-6318.
  4. ^ a b c Cummings, Robert. "Alice Sara Ott". =AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  5. ^ "Prizewinners of last Academies". Hamamatsu International Piano Academy. 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ Lennie, Jonathan. "Alice Sara Ott interview". Time Out. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  7. ^ Ott, Alice Sara (February 15, 2019). "Today I would like to share something very personal with you..." Instagram. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  8. ^ The Chopin Project at AllMusic. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "WONDERLAND Ott - 1 CD / Download - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft". Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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