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Nationality: Norwegian
Born: Apr 07 1970


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Born in 1970 on the island of Karmøy in West Norway to music teaching parents, Leif Ove Andsnes started playing at an early age although it was not until he was 16 that he began to dedicate himself seriously to playing when he moved to Bergen to study with the Czech emigré Jiri Hlinka. He gave his first professional debut concert in Norway at the age of 17 and the following year performed the Grieg Piano Concerto on the annual last night gala concert of the Bergen Festival. The Oslo Philharmonic, amongst others, were quick to invite him on tour and, aged 19, he gave his debut recital in New ... Read more

Born in 1970 on the island of Karmøy in West Norway to music teaching parents, Leif Ove Andsnes started playing at an early age although it was not until he was 16 that he began to dedicate himself seriously to playing when he moved to Bergen to study with the Czech emigré Jiri Hlinka. He gave his first professional debut concert in Norway at the age of 17 and the following year performed the Grieg Piano Concerto on the annual last night gala concert of the Bergen Festival. The Oslo Philharmonic, amongst others, were quick to invite him on tour and, aged 19, he gave his debut recital in New York. He returned to the States shortly after on the invitation of Neeme Järvi when he gave his US orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra; to this day the Cleveland Orchestra remains one of his favourite orchestras to work with.

In the intervening 18 years Leif Ove Andsnes’ career has led him to perform at all the major concert halls in recital, chamber music concerts and concerto programmes with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. His repertoire spans from Bach to the present day and, as an exclusive EMI Classics artist, he has recorded over 30 discs, been nominated for seven Grammies and awarded many international prizes, including 4 Gramophone Awards to date. His latest disc on EMI Classics released in March 2009, entitled “Shadows of Silence”, features works by Danish composer Bent Sørensen and French Marc-André Dalbavie both of which Leif Ove Andsnes premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Proms respectively. Other repertoire on the disc includes solo works by Kurtag and Lutoslawski’s piano concerto recorded live with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.

As a chamber musician Leif Ove Andsnes regularly performs with leading soloists in wide ranging programmes and his passion for the genre comes to a fore at the annual Risør Chamber Music Festival which takes place in a small fishing village in South East Norway. As co-director of the Festival Andsnes entices musicians to gather in this remote paradise around mid-summer for one week. Guest artists have to date included Thomas Quasthof, Emanuel Ax and Gidon Kremer. The New York Times has placed Risør amongst the top 10 musical events of the year.

2009 sees the culmination of several years of planning for Pictures Reframed. For this project Leif Ove Andsnes will be joined on stage by a video installation newly created by the South African artist Robin Rhode. As Leif Ove Andsnes has commented “I’m at a stage in my life where I want a different kind of challenge. Having performed now for some time doing regular concerts I’m looking for other experiences and want to try out different ways of presenting classical music on stage. ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is a very challenging piece but it’s also fascinating. This is a work written in the 1870s, yet it is such a modern piece of music in terms of its forward thinking. It’s a piece of theatre in that it has such a strong narrative and it’s a work which has always been a kind of evolution. So the piece has often been something which people have played around with and experimented with over the years. Robin and I are adding to that performance history and it will be a fascinating experience to see where it leads.”

Leif Ove Andsnes has received Norway’s most distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In 2007 he received the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, awarded by members of parliament to honor prominent Norwegians for their achievements in politics, sports, and culture. Andsnes has also received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award, the Gilmore Artist Award, four Gramophone Awards and seven Grammy nominations – including a nomination for this year’s Awards for his latest recording of Mozart piano concertos with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Born in 1970 on the island of Karmøy in West Norway to music teaching parents, Leif Ove Andsnes started playing at an early age although it was not until he was 16 that he began to dedicate himself seriously to playing when he moved to Bergen to study with the Czech emigré Jiri Hlinka. He gave his first professional debut concert in Norway at the age of 17 and the following year performed the Grieg Piano Concerto on the annual last night gala concert of the Bergen Festival. The Oslo Philharmonic, amongst others, were quick to invite him on tour and, aged 19, he gave his debut recital in New York. He returned to the States shortly after on the invitation of Neeme Järvi when he gave his US orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra; to this day the Cleveland Orchestra remains one of his favourite orchestras to work with.

In the intervening 18 years Leif Ove Andsnes’ career has led him to perform at all the major concert halls in recital, chamber music concerts and concerto programmes with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. His repertoire spans from Bach to the present day and, as an exclusive EMI Classics artist, he has recorded over 30 discs, been nominated for seven Grammies and awarded many international prizes, including 4 Gramophone Awards to date. His latest disc on EMI Classics released in March 2009, entitled “Shadows of Silence”, features works by Danish composer Bent Sørensen and French Marc-André Dalbavie both of which Leif Ove Andsnes premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Proms respectively. Other repertoire on the disc includes solo works by Kurtag and Lutoslawski’s piano concerto recorded live with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.

As a chamber musician Leif Ove Andsnes regularly performs with leading soloists in wide ranging programmes and his passion for the genre comes to a fore at the annual Risør Chamber Music Festival which takes place in a small fishing village in South East Norway. As co-director of the Festival Andsnes entices musicians to gather in this remote paradise around mid-summer for one week. Guest artists have to date included Thomas Quasthof, Emanuel Ax and Gidon Kremer. The New York Times has placed Risør amongst the top 10 musical events of the year.

2009 sees the culmination of several years of planning for Pictures Reframed. For this project Leif Ove Andsnes will be joined on stage by a video installation newly created by the South African artist Robin Rhode. As Leif Ove Andsnes has commented “I’m at a stage in my life where I want a different kind of challenge. Having performed now for some time doing regular concerts I’m looking for other experiences and want to try out different ways of presenting classical music on stage. ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is a very challenging piece but it’s also fascinating. This is a work written in the 1870s, yet it is such a modern piece of music in terms of its forward thinking. It’s a piece of theatre in that it has such a strong narrative and it’s a work which has always been a kind of evolution. So the piece has often been something which people have played around with and experimented with over the years. Robin and I are adding to that performance history and it will be a fascinating experience to see where it leads.”

Leif Ove Andsnes has received Norway’s most distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In 2007 he received the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, awarded by members of parliament to honor prominent Norwegians for their achievements in politics, sports, and culture. Andsnes has also received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award, the Gilmore Artist Award, four Gramophone Awards and seven Grammy nominations – including a nomination for this year’s Awards for his latest recording of Mozart piano concertos with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Born in 1970 on the island of Karmøy in West Norway to music teaching parents, Leif Ove Andsnes started playing at an early age although it was not until he was 16 that he began to dedicate himself seriously to playing when he moved to Bergen to study with the Czech emigré Jiri Hlinka. He gave his first professional debut concert in Norway at the age of 17 and the following year performed the Grieg Piano Concerto on the annual last night gala concert of the Bergen Festival. The Oslo Philharmonic, amongst others, were quick to invite him on tour and, aged 19, he gave his debut recital in New York. He returned to the States shortly after on the invitation of Neeme Järvi when he gave his US orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra; to this day the Cleveland Orchestra remains one of his favourite orchestras to work with.

In the intervening 18 years Leif Ove Andsnes’ career has led him to perform at all the major concert halls in recital, chamber music concerts and concerto programmes with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. His repertoire spans from Bach to the present day and, as an exclusive EMI Classics artist, he has recorded over 30 discs, been nominated for seven Grammies and awarded many international prizes, including 4 Gramophone Awards to date. His latest disc on EMI Classics released in March 2009, entitled “Shadows of Silence”, features works by Danish composer Bent Sørensen and French Marc-André Dalbavie both of which Leif Ove Andsnes premiered at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Proms respectively. Other repertoire on the disc includes solo works by Kurtag and Lutoslawski’s piano concerto recorded live with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.

As a chamber musician Leif Ove Andsnes regularly performs with leading soloists in wide ranging programmes and his passion for the genre comes to a fore at the annual Risør Chamber Music Festival which takes place in a small fishing village in South East Norway. As co-director of the Festival Andsnes entices musicians to gather in this remote paradise around mid-summer for one week. Guest artists have to date included Thomas Quasthof, Emanuel Ax and Gidon Kremer. The New York Times has placed Risør amongst the top 10 musical events of the year.

2009 sees the culmination of several years of planning for Pictures Reframed. For this project Leif Ove Andsnes will be joined on stage by a video installation newly created by the South African artist Robin Rhode. As Leif Ove Andsnes has commented “I’m at a stage in my life where I want a different kind of challenge. Having performed now for some time doing regular concerts I’m looking for other experiences and want to try out different ways of presenting classical music on stage. ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ is a very challenging piece but it’s also fascinating. This is a work written in the 1870s, yet it is such a modern piece of music in terms of its forward thinking. It’s a piece of theatre in that it has such a strong narrative and it’s a work which has always been a kind of evolution. So the piece has often been something which people have played around with and experimented with over the years. Robin and I are adding to that performance history and it will be a fascinating experience to see where it leads.”

Leif Ove Andsnes has received Norway’s most distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In 2007 he received the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, awarded by members of parliament to honor prominent Norwegians for their achievements in politics, sports, and culture. Andsnes has also received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award, the Gilmore Artist Award, four Gramophone Awards and seven Grammy nominations – including a nomination for this year’s Awards for his latest recording of Mozart piano concertos with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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