By Jacob Stockinger
I have heard both of these talented teenagers play more than once, and I have spoken to or interviewed both of them. Personally, I would be hard put to rank one above the other. Both have a lot of promise in a very competitive field or profession.
You may have heard both of them play with the Madison Symphony Orchestra during the Final Forte concerto competition, which they won in different years. I don’t think they have competed against each before, but I could be mistaken.
Here is an interview Ariela Bohrod did for the blog:
And here is a review I wrote of a short recital by Garrick Olsen:
Here is some more information about the Piano Arts Competition, including repertoire requirements (J.S. Bach‘s Well-Tempered Clavier, a Chopin Nocturne and post-1940 work are among the many selections):
Prizes include concert engagements. Cash prizes are $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000 with special awards for certain performances.
Here is a link to a story about the Madison contestants:
And here is a link to the home page for the entire competition, with information about attending and schedules of events, and about the jurors:
Here is a link to all the competitors with their biographies, information about their teachers and the repertoire selections they will perform.