Alice Sara Ott

Alice Sara Ott (born 1 August 1988) is a German classical pianist.

Alice Sara Ott
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Alice Sara Ott, in 2013
Born (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 32)
EducationMozarteum University of Salzburg

Early life and educationEdit

Ott was born in Munich, Germany, in 1988. Her Japanese mother had studied piano in Tokyo; her father was a German civil engineer.[1] She says she realised as a child that "music was the language that goes much beyond any words" and that she wanted to communicate and express herself through music.[2] Ott started piano lessons at the age of four. At age five she reached the final stage of the youth competition in Munich, playing to a full house in the Hercules Hall.[2] At age seven she won the Jugend musiziert competition in Germany.[3] In 2002, Ott was the youngest finalist at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in Japan where she won the Most Promising Artist award.[4][5] From the age of twelve, she studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling [4] while continuing her school education in Munich. Ott has won awards at a number of piano competitions, including first prize at the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition.

Her younger sister Mona Asuka Ott is also a classical pianist.[6]

In February 2019, Ott announced on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[7]


Ott has made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and performs regularly in concert tours in Europe, Japan, and the United States. She won first prize in the 2003 Bach Competition in Köthen, the 2004 Pianello Val Tidone Competition in Italy,[3] and the 4th EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) International Competition in 2005.


Ott has a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon[3] and her recordings include:[4]


  1. ^ Durrant, Sabine (20 November 2011). "Alice Sara Ott: 'I don't want to have burn-out syndrome'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Power & Grace". Glass Magazine (7): 154–156. 2011. ISSN 2041-6318.
  3. ^ a b c Cummings, Robert. "Alice Sara Ott". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Alice Sara Ott". Deutsche Grammophon. June 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Prizewinners of last Academies". Hamamatsu International Piano Academy. 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ Blech, Volker (4 February 2013). "Alice Sara Ott ist der neue junge Star unter den Pianisten". Berliner Morgenpost (in German). Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  7. ^ Ott, Alice Sara (15 February 2019). "Today I would like to share something very personal with you..." Instagram. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ The Chopin Project at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Wonderland Ott – 1 CD / Download – Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft". Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Nightfall Alice Sara Ott – 1 CD / Download – Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft". Retrieved 26 February 2020.

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