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.
7y/o - Persichetti's Three Toccatinas (1)
Umi performed at Killington Music Festival in Vermont(June22-Aug31) U.S.A. Also in Luxembourg in Europe at Vianden Music Festival (Aug17-Aug28) (2008)
J.S.Bach French Suite No.6 Polonaise & Bourree
7 Year Old - Chopin "Waltz Op.64, No.1"- The Minute Waltz
Mozart Piano Concerto No 23,
Gnomenreigen By Franz Liszt - Umi's Encore
"Mendelssohn Trio in d minor" at Killington Music Festival
Perfect performance of Beethoven Piano Trio Op 1 No 1 at the Vianden Music Festival
8yr. - Balakirev "The Lark"
Uploaded on 9 Sep 2009Umi performed in Killington Music Festival in Vermont in Aug, 2009. She made a story to this piece with her teacher, which is about a little bird who gets lost in the forest and be apart from his mom. It starts with the narrative part with sad and slow melody. "Long long time ago, there was a little bird living in the forest with his mother bird. The mother bird was not feeling very good one day,,," Then the
melody changes and the story begins with the little lark who decides to fly by himself, hoping to find some foods for his mom. He promises to his mom he will come back. The little bird is a little bit scared to go, but he flies to far. Then suddenly big wind blow.
He is lost and doesn't know where his mom is. He tries really hard to look around, but it is windy and perhaps rainy, too. Towards the end of the music, there is a part that reminds us a big wind, and the bird starts falling from the sky. And you hear nice, quiet and warm music. He opens his eyes slowly and finds himself nice and safe in his mom's arms. He wonder if he was just dreaming. The mother bird is all well now, and she is smiling at the little bird. He is really sleepy and feels safe and happy. He goes back to sleep in warm wings of his mom. ---The End. Hope you enjoy! For Umi's upcoming performances, please visit www.umipiano.com
12 yr. Beethoven Sonata "Tempest" Mvmt 1 (Scottsdale)
12 yr. Beethoven Sonata "Tempest" Mvmt 2 (Scottsdale)
12yr. - Beethoven Sonata "Tempest" Mvmt.3 (Scottsdale)
Umi Garrett New CD "Music in life"
Beethoven Sonata No.14 Moonlight 1st mvmt
Beethoven Sonata No.14 Moonlight 2nd mvmt
Beethoven Sonata No.14 Moonlight 3rd mvmt
12 yr. Schumann Piano Concerto Mvmt.1
12yr. - Debussy "Clair de Lune" for encore in Houston recital