LEIF OVE ANDSNES
With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes, has won worldwide acclaim, giving recitals and playing concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. Also an avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway.
A frequent collaborator with both the Bergen Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic, Andsnes features as Artist in Residence with both orchestras in the 2017-18 season. He also appears as guest soloist with the Vienna Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Oslo Philharmonic, the New World Symphony and Tonhalle Zurich.
In recital, he embarks on an extensive European tour with a program featuring, among other works, a selection of pieces by Sibelius. The Finnish composer’s unjustly neglected oeuvre for solo piano is also the focus of Andsnes’s latest Sony Classical album release, which includes Sibelius’s own arrangement of his famous Valse triste, excerpts from the popular Ten Pieces and early Six Impromptus, and the expressive Kyllikki (Three Lyric Pieces). In addition to joining baritone Matthias Goerne for an account of Schubert’s Winterreise at the new Boulez Saal in Berlin, the pianist also looks forward to summer 2018 chamber collaborations at Italy’s Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival and the third season of his own Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway.
Following the enormous success of his recent 3 volume Beethoven Journey on Sony Classical, Leif Ove Andsnes recently returned to the studio to record a Stravinsky four-hands album, recorded with Marc-André Hamelin for Hyperion due for imminent release. 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.
Andsnes has received Norway’s distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav and, in 2007, was presented with the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, awarded by members of parliament to honor prominent Norwegians. He is also the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award. He 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 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 regular masterclases to participating students. Andsnes lives in Bergen and in June 2010 achieved one of his proudest accomplishments to date, becoming a father for the first time. His family expanded in May 2013 with the welcome arrival of twins.