Alice Sara Ott

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Alice Sara Ott (2013)

Alice Sara Ott (born August 1, 1988) is a German classical pianist.[1]


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] According to herself, 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]

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. She has made recordings of Franz Liszt's Transcendental Etudes and Frédéric Chopin's waltzes for Deutsche Grammophon, and is currently performing concert tours in Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Her sister Mona Asuka Ott is also a professional pianist.[4]


Ott has won many international competitions since winning the Jugend musiziert competition in Germany when she was seven years old.[5] In 2002 she was the youngest finalist at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan where she won the Most Promising Artist award.[1] She won first prize in the 2003 Bach Competition in Köthen, Germany, the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition in Italy,[5] and the 4th EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) International Competition in 2005.


Ott has a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon[5] 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 Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Power & Grace". Glass Magazine (7): 154–156. 2011. ISSN 2041-6318. 
  4. ^ Lennie, Jonathan. "Alice Sara Ott interview". Time Out. Retrieved 2014-12-11. 
  5. ^ a b c Cummings, Robert. "Alice Sara Ott". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  6. ^ The Chopin Project at AllMusic. Retrieved March 26, 2015.

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