Umi Garrett, Youth Pianist Umi Garrett: 14-Year-Old Piano Prodigy (Ellen) The adorable eight-year-old piano prodigy who charmed and wowed Ellen DeGeneres with her backwards, upside-down and perfectly poised right-side up playing of Liszt's "Dance of the Gnomes" is all grown up -- well, sorta. The SoCal native is now a seasoned performance veteran of 14, and her technical skill and innate musicality have only matured along with her. She's won several prestigious competitions, appeared with major U.S. orchestras, toured the globe, become a Young Steinway Artist and released two well-received CDs. Now she comes to wow audiences anew with a sure-to-be breathtaking performance at Los Gatos High School Auditorium.
Sounds Like: Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Claudio Abbado
Label: Arizona University Recording
Manager: David Belenzon
Bio: Umi Garrett was 8 years old in May 2009 when she made her public broadcast appearance on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since then, she has been performing as a soloist worldwide and appearing regularly with symphony orchestras across the United States and around the world. Most recently at age ...See Full Bio
“It's not every day you hear someone so prodigiously talented it brings a tear to the eye. American-Japanese pianist Umi Garrett, 13, wowed the audience Friday night with her performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. The WSO's latest Masterworks concert led by Alexander Mickelthwate featured the young dynamo performing the romantic work rife with tender themes and lush orchestration. The concert's title, simply Umi Plays Chopin, proved apt -- for play she did with all her might, demonstrating a staggering musical gift truly humbling to behold. It's a given Garrett's artistry will only deepen and grow richer with each coming year. It's hoped we will be hearing her for a long time to come.”