LEIF OVE ANDSNES
With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, Leif Ove Andsnes has won worldwide acclaim, performing in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he is also the founding director of Norway’s Rosendal Chamber Music Festival.
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. 20-24 together with chamber music for release on Sony Classical. Andsnes also performs Mozart with the Munich Philharmonic and orchestras across Scandinavia, including the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Other planned highlights of the 2020 / 21 season are recital tours of Asia in December, and North America in January, culminating in a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a programme of Schumann, Janáček, and Bartok. In the USA Andsnes also performs the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, with the Houston Symphony and St Louis Symphony Orchestra and returns to Washington for the National Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda’s closing season performances of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1.
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), an album of Stravinsky’s music for two pianos with Marc-André Hamelin (Hyperion), Schumann’s Liederkreis & Kernerlieder, with Matthias Goerne (Harmonia Mundi), Bent Sørensen’s piano concerto, La Mattina, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård (Dacapo) and a disc dedicated to the music of Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef with the Bergen Philharmonic (Simax).
Andsnes has received Norway’s distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav as well as the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize. 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 2013 and made an honorary doctorate of both New York’s Juilliard School of Music and the Bergen Conservatoire in 2016.
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. Jirí Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen where he gives annual masterclasses. Andsnes lives in Bergen with his family of three children. Andsnes lives in Bergen and in June 2010 achieved one of his proudest accomplishments to date, becoming a father for the first time. Andsnes lives in Bergen with his partner and their three children.