Classical pianist Umi Garrett to perform at special Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe event

Tickets are on sale now for international piano prodigy Umi Garrett. Umi will be performing April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at R. Roger Rowe Middle School. Community Concerts normally has a four-concert series but the opportunity to bring Umi Garrett to Rancho Santa Fe was too good to resist.

Umi’s concert is a very special single performance concert for CCRSF at the acoustically wonderful Performing Arts Center at RSF. This concert is made possible as a rather large community outreach to everyone in Rancho Santa Fe. Ticket prices are comparatively modest thanks to donors and private independent underwriting. Adult tickets are $45, students 18 and under are $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ccrsf.org, or by mail to: Community Concerts of RSF, P O Box 2781, RSF 92067.  For more information on Uni Garrett, visit www.umigarrett.com.

Umi has been playing piano since the age of 4. In May 2009, 8-year-old Umi Garrett appeared on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show as her first public broadcast performance. It will probably go down in history as one of the cutest musical performances to ever be televised. Since then, she has been receiving requests to perform worldwide and appearing regularly with symphony orchestras in the U.S. and around the world. She played in RSF with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra when she was 9 years old.

Now, at age 13, Umi’s most recent accomplishments in 2012 include winning the first place prizes at The 13th Osaka International Music Competition in Japan, The Chopin International Competition in Budapest, Hungary, and Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York. In 2011, Umi was the Grand Prix winner (highest award given) at The Chopin International Competition in Hartford, Conn., and was subsequently invited to perform at Carnegie (Weill) Hall.

But UMI doesn’t think playing the piano should be about competing. “I’m actually not fond of competitions since I think music is for enjoying, not seeing if someone can play better than others.” ...”It feels good to win, but I personally like it better when I play a concert and the audience is happy and enjoys the music I play.” A critic once described that when she plays, she doesn’t try to bring attention to her own playing with technical histrionics but, rather, her playing seems to say, “pay attention to (Chopin).” Her musicianship has been described as remarkable and bold, with sincere humility to the music.

Outside of the United States, she made her first debut on the Asian continent with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra in China in 2010 when she was 10 years old, and has recently performed with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia as her first European Orchestral debut in 2012. Umi has given a solo performance in Italy, Poland, Germany, Latvia, Japan, U.S.A. and Panama Republic, and was featured on live Luxembourg television in an interview as a “wunderkind.” Most recently, she was invited as a guest pianist in a “Festival of City of Tarnow,” and in The Chopin Summer Festival in Busko-Zdroj in Poland in 2012, as well as in “Assisi in the World” Festival in Assisi, Italy.

Within the U.S., Umi has performed with a diverse set of orchestras, including Charlotte Symphony in Florida, Thayer Symphony in Massachusetts, Desert Symphony in California, Indiana Chamber Orchestra in Indianapolis, and the Missouri Symphony in Columbia.

Umi has been invited to perform for the Kyoto Symposium; a memorial concert of Pasadena Symphony and Pops for Marvin Hamlisch; a master class with Lang Lang & other celebrated pianists; the annual meeting of Philharmonic Society of Orange County and a VIP event of “From the Top” at Joshua Bell’s house in New York.

Umi has just recently had her public concert debut in Japan, March, 2013, in Osaka. Also she has just created a special concert series called “Kizuna Concert Series” to visit people in Tohoku, Japan, where the Tsunami happened in 2011.

Umi currently is playing Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu in the soundtrack of the movie “Jobs” – a movie about Steven Jobs and his creation of Apple.

Umi resides in Southern California and speaks both English and Japanese. Her travel schedule keeps her so busy she does home online schooling, but hopes to attend a regular high school. Umi only plays classical music, but teenager that she is, she also enjoys pop, her favorite group being One Direction.

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