Madison native Garrick Olsen is gaining recognition as a talented young artist, and his list of accomplishments continues to grow. He writes, “I love to play the piano for others as well as for my own enjoyment. Music is a huge part of who
I am, and I can’t really imagine
life without it.”
In May of 2014, he will make his subscription concert debut with John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm Variations. In 2012, he won the North American Piano Competition for Best Performance of a North American Composition Written after 1940. He also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio's Midday show with Host Norman Gilliland, where he performed live for radio audiences.
In summer 2012, he attended the Young Artist Piano Program at Tanglewood, where he performed in Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood honors recital. Also in 2012, he was a winner of the MSO’s Bolz Young Artist Competition Final Forte and performed at the Spring Young People's Concerts. In 2011 he was admitted to the Jacob’s School of Music Summer Piano Academy at Indiana University. And in 2008, he won the MSO's Fall Youth Concerto Competition and performed at the Fall Youth Concerts.
Garrick began his piano studies with Larry Elliott, and since the fall of 2007 he has been a student of Bill Lutes. He has performed in many masterclasses, most notably with Emmanuel Ax of The Juilliard School and with Jin Zhang of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China.
In addition to this, Garrick has performed at various retirement communities in the Madison area. A Junior at eAchieve Academy, Garrick hopes to graduate in June of 2013 and continue his piano studies at a music conservatory.