Jorge Federico Osorio
One of the pre-eminent pianists of our time, Jorge Federico Osorio is internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship and masterful command of the instrument. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Moscow State Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Mr. Osorio’s concert tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, and North, Central and South America, where he has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Klaus Tennstedt, Eduardo Mata, James Conlon, Jorge Mester and Michael Plasson, among many others. American festival appearances have included the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia, Newport and Grant Park Festivals.
A prolific recording artist, Mr. Osorio has recorded a wide variety of repertoire for Artek, ASV, Cedille, IMP and Naxos, including an all Brahms recording that Gramophone proclaimed as “one of the most distinguished discs of Brahms’ piano music in recent years.” His second solo Brahms CD, recorded on the Artek label, received accolades from the American Record Guide and the Chicago Tribune. Recordings of Brahms Concerto No. 2 with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias under the direction of Maximiano Valdés for Artek Recordings and the Carlos Chávez Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México received high praise from distinguished critics, as did the Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas with Elmar Oliveira. Other recordings by Mr. Osorio include Beethoven’s Five Piano Concerti and Choral Fantasy, concerti by Brahms, Mozart, Ponce, Rodrigo (world premier recording), Rachmaninov, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, several Beethoven Sonatas and Balada Mexicana, solo piano works of Manuel M. Ponce. Piano Español, a collection of works by Albéniz, Falla, Granados and Soler on Cedille Records, received glowing reviews internationally and has marked Mr. Osorio as one of the great interpreters of Spanish piano music in the world today. He recorded Jacob Weinberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for the award winning Milken Archive of American Jewish Music on Naxos, and for Cedille, he recorded Mexican Piano Music, his second recording of solo piano music by Manuel M. Ponce. Artek released three live performances of Mozart Concerti with the Mozart-Haydn Festival Orchestra under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto and Mozart Violin and Piano Sonatas with Ani Kavafian. Mr. Osorio’s most recent recording is Debussy Preludes (Books I and II) along with selected works by Liszt on Cedille.
In addition to performances in Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart in 2008, Mr. Osorio performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and he appeared at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recent seasons have included concerts thoughout Argentina, Brazil and Mexico and performances with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Puerto Rico, New Mexico, Louisiana, Memphis, Huntsville, Akron, Elgin, Florida (West Coast), Lake Forest, Chile and Tenerife. Festival appearances included the Newport, Grant Park Music Festival and Ravinia Festival and he performed recitals in Boston and the Bay Area. Of Mr. Osorio’s 2007 New York Lincoln Center recital, Allan Kozinn (The New York Times) wrote, “the sweep and freshness of his readings made his performance impossible to resist.” Among numerous engagements in 2008-09, Mr. Osorio will perform a recital in Chicago’s Symphony Center as part of the prestigious Piano Series. In 2010, he will perform Liszt Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.
Recipient of several international prizes and awards, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Gina Bachauer Award and the Rhode Island International Master Piano Competition, Mr. Osorio is deeply involved in the performance of chamber music. In addition to having served as artistic director of the Brahms Music Festival in Mexico, he has performed with the late Henryk Szeryng, the Moscow Quartet, Tel Aviv Quartet, violinist Mayumi Fujikawa and cellist Richard Markson. He is also a dedicated teacher and is on the faculty at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Mr. Osorio began his musical studies at the age of five with his mother, Luz María Puente, and later attended the conservatories of Mexico, Paris and Moscow, where he studied with Bernard Flavigny, Monique Haas and Jacob Milstein. Additionally, he worked with Nadia Reisenberg and Wilhelm Kempff. Highly revered in his native Mexico, Mr. Osorio and his family currently reside in the United States.