Leif Ove AndsnesPiano
“Andsnes has entered an elite circle of pianistic stardom. … When he sits in front of the keyboard …, extraordinary things happen.”
The New York Times calls Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” and the Wall Street Journal names him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide, playing concertos and recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival which this year celebrates Beethoven with four days of concerts and talks, featuring over 20 guest artists.
Andsnes opened the 2019 / 20 season by returning to a work which he performed often at the beginning of his career but has seldom played in the last decade. Grieg’s piano concerto was the central work in a programme with Concerto Copenhagen – the city where the concerto was premiered 150 years ago. The concerto also featured on tour with the Oslo Philharmonic and in the opening programme of his season as Artist in Residence with the Gothenburg Symphony. From Scandinavia Andsnes travelled to the States, to perform Grieg again, first with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, followed by performances in both Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestras. Further upcoming performances of the work this season include concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and Alan Gilbert, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov and on tour of South Korea and China with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic.
Following the success of their “Beethoven Journey” collaboration, Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra partner once more for the start of another major multi year project titled “Mozart Momentum 1785/86,” that sees them explore one of the most creative and seminal periods of the composer’s career. This season, they tour throughout Europe and record Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 20-22 together with chamber music, live at the Prague Spring Festival for autumn release on Sony Classical. Andsnes also performs Mozart with the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
In recital, Andnses joins his regular partner, bass-baritone Matthias Goerne, for an all-Schumann lieder evening at Milan’s La Scala, and embarks on a solo European recital tour with a new progamme comprising Dvořák’s seldom played Poetic Tone Poems, Op. 85, Bartók’s Three Burlesques Op. 8 and Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9. Recital destinations include Gothenburg, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Lisbon and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Leif Ove Andsnes now records exclusively for Sony Classical. His previous discography comprises more than 30 discs for EMI Classics – solo, chamber, and concerto releases, many of them bestsellers – spanning repertoire from the time of Bach to the present day. He has been nominated for eleven Grammys and awarded many international prizes, including six Gramophone Awards. Recent releases encompass the Billboard best-selling Sibelius as well as Chopin: Ballades & Nocturnes (Sony Classical), Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring & other works for two pianos four hands, with Marc-André Hamelin (Hyperion) and Schumann: Liederkreis & Kernerlieder, with Matthias Goerne (Harmonia Mundi).
Andsnes has received Norway’s distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, and in 2007, was awarded the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize. He is also the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award, was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in July 2013, and received honorary doctorates from New York’s Juilliard School and Norway’s University of Bergen in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005.
Born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, Leif Ove Andsnes studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. He has also received invaluable advice from the Belgian piano teacher Jacques de Tiège who, like Hlinka, has greatly influenced his style and philosophy of playing. He is currently an Artistic Adviser for the Prof. Jirí Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen where he gives regular masterclasses to participating students. Andsnes lives in Bergen with his partner and their three children.
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