Umi Garrett Biography 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. Most recently, Garrett won First Prize at the 2012 Chopin Festival in Prague. Among her highlights in 2010 was 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 December, 2009, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A major. Both performances thrilled the audiences with brilliant playing and charm, earning enthusiastic standing ovation and establishing Umi as a definitive rising star in classical music. Outside of the United States, Umi has thrilled classical patrons in theatres from Panama to the Netherlands and beyond. Not many 11 year old girls can claim to have traveled the world like Umi: she made her first debut on the Asian continent with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in 2010 when she was just 9 years old, and has recently performed with Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia as her first European Orchestral debut. Umi performed solo repertoire at worldwide music festivals in Italy, Luxembourg, Australia, Japan and Panama throughout her young career. The young pianist also captivated European audiences in 2009 performing several concerts at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg and in selected solo and chamber music works in Germany. She was recognized as the “little star from America” and was featured on live Luxembourg television in an interview as a "wunderkind." In 2012, most recently Umi was invited to perform a solo recital for the “Japan Times” in Tokyo. Within the US, Umi has performed with a diverse set of orchestras including Charlotte Symphony in Florida, Thayer Symphony in Massachusetts, Saddleback Symphony in California, Indiana Chamber Orchestra in Indianapolis, and the Missouri Symphony in Columbia, just to name a few. Aside from having delivered unparalleled experiences in the concert hall with symphonies worldwide, Umi has won first prize 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 in Los Angeles for two consecutive years, and has recently won first prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, the Liszt Competition and the International Chopin Competition in Hartford in Connecticut. Umi was subsequently invited to perform at Carnegie (Weill) Hall. Umi started learning piano at age 4 with Ms. Eri Tominaga of Japan, and has learned with Ms. Itoe Akimoto in California and Ms. Yoshie Akimoto in Connecticut. A devout student of the piano, currently Umi is studying with Mr. John Perry at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, California.
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