In May 2009, 8-year-old piano prodigy Umi Garrett appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGenere 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. At the age of 12, Umi’s most recent accomplishments included winning first prizes at the 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan in October and The Chopin International.
Competition in Budapest, Hungary in June, and Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York earlier in the same year. Among Umi’s earlier highlights are 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 2009 both at the age of 9, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major.
Her performances thrilled the audiences with brilliant playing and
charm, earning enthusiastic standing ovations and establishing Umi as a
definitive rising star in classical music. Outside of the United States,
the young pianist has thrilled classical patrons in theatres from
Panama to the Netherlands and beyond. Umi made her debut on the Asian
continent with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and in 2012
with Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia as her European Orchestral debut. Umi has performed solo concerts in ItalyPoland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Australia, Japan and Panama. She captivated European audiences in 2009 in several concerts at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg and in Germany with selected solo and chamber music works. Umi was featured on live Luxembourg television in an interview as a “wunderkind.”
A devout student of the piano, currently Umi is studying with John Perry at the Colburn School of Music, and is in the Colburn Academy program. Umi actively participates in international music festivals such as the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, the Cochem Music Festival in Germany and the Sydney International Master Class Festival in Australia.
Umi Garrett Plays Gnomenreigen By Franz Liszt
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23,
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23,
NPR "From The Top" with 9 year old Umi
Umi Garrett, 10yr. - Chopin Grand Valse Brilliante Op.18 No.1
Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3 Allegro Molto
Umi Garrett, 10yr. - Chopin - Fantaisie Impromptu at Laguna Hills, California
Umi Garrett, 10 yr. - Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 6
Umi Garrett Plays J.S. Bach Italian Concerto- 1st Mvt.
Umi Plays Italian Concerto
11yr. - Liszt Waldesrauschen
11yr. - Schubert Impromptu Op.90 No.2 (In Panama)
11yr. - Manuel M. Ponce "Intermezzo" (In Panama)
11yr. - Chopin Waltz Op 42 No 5
JS Bach Prelude And Fugue in C minor
9 yr. - Ravel Sonatine 3rd Mvmt
7yr. - Rameau "Gavotte with Variations"
8 yr. - J.S. Bach Italian Concerto Mvt. 3 Presto