Leif Ove Andsnes

The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” and the Wall Street Journal named him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, he has won worldwide acclaim, performing in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. Also an avid chamber musician, Andsnes is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway which he launched in 2016. 

Following the success of their “Beethoven Journey”, Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have joined forces once again for “Mozart Momentum 1785/86”, another major multi-season project that sees them explore one of the most creative and seminal periods of the composer’s career. This season, besides touring a program of Mozart’s chamber music across Europe, they head into the studio to record the composer’s Piano Concertos Nos. 20-22 for future release by Sony Classical. Andsnes also performs the same Piano Concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony, where he serves as 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence. Another highlight of the multi-faceted Gothenburg residency is Grieg’s Piano Concerto, which Andsnes reprises with the Chicago Symphony; Boston Symphony, both in Boston and at New York’s Carnegie Hall; St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Bergen Philharmonic, on tour in South Korea and China; and the Oslo Philharmonic, on a European tour that culminates at London’s Barbican Hall. 

With a discography which explores a diverse range of repertoire recorded over the last twenty-five years, Andsnes’ recent releases have included a Stravinsky duo CD with Marc André Hamelin, an album of solo Chopin, and a duo CD with Matthias Goerne of Schumann song cycles. 

Andsnes has received Norway’s distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, as well as the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize. Recently he has been made an honorary doctorate of both New York’s Juilliard School of Music and the Bergen Conservatoire. He is also a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award. He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2013 and, saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of its ‘Best of the Best’ in 2005. Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and 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. Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen where he gives an annual masterclass to participating students. Andsnes lives in Bergen with his partner and their three children.


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