“An imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique”
 - THE NEW YORK TIMES

“One of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet”
- LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A serious and cultivated Beethoven player"
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"A distinguished name among pianists"
- ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

"Superb"
- WASHINGTON POST


 

 

Abbado and Osorio create a masterful Beethoven

By William E Ford, 12 February 2018
BACHTRACK

For the last several weeks, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concerts have been a sell-out. Featuring all of the piano concertos of Beethoven, the popular series of concerts has also benefited from the residency of soloist Jorge Federico Osorio, who has shown both a prodigious talent and memory for the music. This weekend’s three concerts also feature the very popular Mozart Requiem. The locally well-liked Roberto Abbado, a frequent ASO guest-conductor, returned to lead this program.

The 1801 piano concerto was greatly influenced by Mozart and Haydn, yet Beethoven added his own unmistakable and unique harmonic shifts. At its heart it is in traditional sonata form. The first movement Allegro con brio occupies nearly half of the concerto and provides ample opportunity for pianistic showmanship in the movement ending. Osorio continued to impress here, as he had in his previous Beethoven performances, with his transparent and elegant playing. The second movement Largo is in ternary form and showcases the composer’s prodigious ability at musical development. It is a very lyrical movement that was lushly warm in this performance. Osorio’s light, precise touch was complimented perfectly by a crisp orchestral accompaniment that never overwhelmed and matched the intensity of the piano nicely. The Rondo finale opens strongly with an upbeat theme in the piano, which then is picked up by the orchestra and eventually traded back and forth between solo and orchestra as it undergoes development. There are two short cadenzas and the movement ends with a quiet piano melody, which is soon overridden by a forceful orchestral finale.  This was a startlingly good performance. Because the stage was set up to accommodate the nearly 200-voice chorus to follow, the small-ish orchestra and piano were moved forward, which gave a pleasingly tight and integrated sound. Osorio plays every phrase as if it is the most important; it is a precise approach, yet in his hands very musical. Abbado led a sympathetic orchestral accompaniment that never was overbearing or aggressive; it was a nearly perfect match to Osorio’s refined playing style. Further, Osorio is very businesslike when he performs; there are no keyboard histrionics to distract, which further encourages a focus on the music and not on the performer. Abbado, too, has a very straight-forward conducting technique that is elegantly low-keyed.

The standout performance of the evening was the Beethoven piano concerto, due primarily to the great partnership between Osorio and Abbado, as well as the soloist’s highly skilled and sensitive performance. Mr. Osorio has been a most welcome soloist over the last few weeks in Atlanta.

 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, February 9, 2018 - Beethoven Concerto No. 1
"Osorio is making his third consecutive week of appearances with the ASO, performing the penultimate installment of the complete piano concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven, this time the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, which opened the concert.  Abbado led the orchestra in a crisp, tightly honed performance, simpatico with Osorio’s playing, emphasizing the “classical” aspects of the work versus the more “romantic” leanings of the later concertos. The first movement displayed Osorio’s capacity for lithe virtuosity, the slow second movement a contemplative lyrical side. The scherzotic rondo that concluded the work exuded the too-often ignored joyous side of the young Beethoven."
- ArtsATL


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, February 9, 2018 - Beethoven Concerto No. 1
"Osorio Shines with Beethoven"

"Jorge Federico Osorio strode to the center of the Symphony Hall stage Thursday like a man at home in his surroundings. The pianist has spent the past few weeks performing concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra that stand together as an in-depth look into Beethoven’s five-composition cycle of piano concertos. He presented the nearly 40-minute Piano Concerto No. 1 Thursday, and will perform the finale of his programmed cycle, Piano Concerto No. 4, next week.  Playing the concertos from memory, in collaboration with conductors ranging from music director Robert Spano to Thursday’s guest conductor Roberto Abbado, he’s shown the piano pieces to be sweeping, grand flourishes of musical excitement.
Beethoven’s shimmering piano concertos are meant to be impressive and elicit cheers from the audience; they are also intensely musical and, at times, heartbreaking in their beauty. During his readings of four concertos, Osorio’s playing has remained buoyant and bubbly; he has expertly dispatched even the trickiest of Beethoven’s fingers-in-knots barrages of notes. A delight to hear every night, Osorio has given appropriate verve to each composition."
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, February 2, 2018 - Beethoven Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
"Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio began his study of Beethoven’s piano concertos January 25 with an ending.  His masterful performance of the fifth and final concerto (Emperor) kicked his residency off with a bang.  Osorio returned to Symphony Hall Thursday to pick up in the middle. Beethoven’s second and third piano concertos are packed with voluble piano runs, and Osorio played like a man who’s had the notes under his fingers for decades but can still find the breathtaking musicality at the heart of the works."
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, January 27, 2018 - Beethoven Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
"Osorio gave a splendid performance"
"The second-movement Adagio was lush, with great playing by the strings and woodwinds. Osorio’s playing of the transition between the second and third movements was particularly effective; the phrasing that he chose made the point that this rather short passage actually has two functions: to provide anticipation of the third movement and to say farewell to the second. Too often it is played just as an anticipatory passage. Osorio’s precision never lets a phrase or chord trail off to get lost in the sound of the orchestra. This attention to detail added greatly to the richness of his performance." 
-BACHTRACK


RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), November 10, 2017 - Ravel Left Hand Concerto
"
Osorio proved his virtuosic metal right from the word go...his left hand produced the extraordinary sensation of both melody and accompaniment at the same time. While the visual spectacle was utterly captivating, Osorio impressed very much in his finely graded melodic lines and his rhythmic drive."
- BACHTRACK

 

 

Upcoming concerts


FIVE BEETHOVEN CONCERTI  
January 25 – February 17, 2018
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Robert Spano & Roberto Abbado, conductors
Concerto No. 5 - January 25, 27, 28* (Spano)
Concerti Nos. 2 and 3 - February 1, 3 (Spano)
Concerto No. 1 - February 8, 10, 11 (Abbado)
Concerto No. 4 - February 15, 17 (Abbado)
   *UGA Performing Arts Center

April 13, 2018
April 15, 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico (OSN)
Santiago E. Osorio, conductor
Beethoven Concerto No. 4

April 20, 2018
April 22, 2018
Merida, Yucatán, Mexico

Sinfónica de Yucatán (OSY)
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, conductor
Brahms Concerto No. 2

May 17, 2018
Monterrey, Mexico

Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Nuevo León
Jesús Medina, conductor
Beethoven Concerto No. 4

May 23, 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

Mozart-Haydn Festival
Mozart Concerto No. 19, K. 459

June 1, 2018
San José, Costa Rica

Recital

July 14, 2018
July 15, 2018

Minería, Mexico
Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería
Brahms Concerto No. 1

August 2, 2018
Aix en Provence, France
Recital

September 8, 2018
September 9, 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City Philharmonic
Brahms Concerto No. 2

September 23, 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

Recital - Debussy Preludes
Blanco y Negro Series

October 18, 2018
Guanajuato, Mexico

Cervantino Festival
Sinfonica de Aguascalientes
Beethoven Concerto No. 5

October 19, 2018
Aguascalientes, Mexico

Sinfonica de Aguascalientes
Beethoven Concerto No. 5

December 6, 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires
Teatro Colón
Enrique Diemecke, conductor
Brahms Concerto No. 2