This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Umi says: “– “The power of music is that music is more beautiful if it is played for someone rather than yourself.”
In a mix of talk and performance, Umi showcases skillfully and beautifully a little part of her immense talent.
Hailed by The Huffington Post as “a budding musical genius,” 13-year-old American pianist Umi Garrett is gaining acclaim from all over the world for her exquisite musicality, emotional and mature sound, flawless technique and virtuosity, and gracious stage presence filled with poise and charm.
Of her performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Winnipeg Symphony, the Winnipeg Free Press wrote “In addition to displaying bravura technique, the young soloist also possesses an extraordinary musicality.” Umi’s performance with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra was praised by the Crescenta Valley Weekly: “Garrett is the real thing.”
A winner of the First Prize at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, the Chopin International Competition Chopin Plus in Budapest, Hungary, and the Grand Prix award at the Chopin International Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, Umi was recently granted a prestigious title of the Young Steinway Artist. Umi is studying piano with Professor John Perry and Mrs. Mina Perry
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