Rosendal Chamber Music Festival
rosendal chamber music festival ann sofie von otter © liv øvland

After a one and a half hour journey from Bergen airport the “Hardangerfjord Express Boat” sails into harbour – a small village set in a green valley below the dramatic mountains that rise steeply behind it.

Here in 1661 Ludwig Rosenkrantz and his young wife Karen began to create a lavish manor house and garden which they called Rosendal and, in 1678, their estate was to be given the unique status of the only Barony in Norway by King Christian V of Denmark and Norway. Today the house and its beautifully kept gardens offer visitors a glimpse of Norwegian history in one of the country’s most spectacular natural settings.

For pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, this is the perfect location for a new chamber music festival, which he launched in August 2016 together with the inauguration of a new concert hall at Baroniet Rosendal Manor House and Gardens. Alongside performances in the manor house itself, the four day festival features concerts on the new stage – a concert hall with 400 seats, converted from an original barn on the estate. Additional evening concerts take place in the white-washed 13th century Kvinnherad church whilst lectures and open discussions are offered during the day.

“One of the joys of creating a festival programme is that it allows you to focus in depth on a particular aspect of a composer’s life and music” commented Leif Ove Andsnes. “In 2016, for the first Rosendal Chamber Music Festival we focused on 1828 – the year of Franz Schubert’s death which was also a year in which the composer wrote some of his most poignantly beautiful music.” In the years to follow composer focuses have ranged from Mozart (2017) to Shostakovich (2019), Dvořák (2021) and Beethoven (2022), whilst the 2018 festival was dedicated to music written “In the Shadow of War, 1914 – 1918.”

With new and returning musicians each year, international guest artists have included fellow pianists Kristian Bezuidenhout, Bertrand Chamayou, Kirill Gerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, Vikingur Ólafsson and Francesco Piemontesi, as well as Vilde Frang, Alina Ibragimova and Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Clemens Hagen and Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Sharon Kam and Martin Fröst (clarinet), Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis and Christian Poltéra (cello), Anna Prohaska and Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Andrei Bondarenko and Matthias Goerne (baritone).

The 2023 Festival will take place from 10 – 13 August and the programme will be announced in early February.

 

The 2022 Rosendal Chamber Music Festival celebrates the music of Ludwig van Beethoven in the beautiful and remote setting of Norway’s west coast fjords. Founder and Artistic Director, Leif Ove Andsnes, is joined by over twenty guest artists …

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‘From my Homeland’ is the title of this year’s Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, which takes place from 5 – 8 August and focuses on the music of Antonin Dvořák. Over four days, Leif Ove Andsnes and guest artists will explore the great Czech composer’s works …

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All guest musicians to be compensated with 20% of their fees and re-invited to perform at the 2022 Festival. World premiere of chamber work by Norwegian composer / saxophonist Marius Neset to take place as a single filmed event, also featuring Leif Ove Andsnes …

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Now in its fifth year, the 2020 Rosendal Chamber Music Festival celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in the beautiful and remote setting on Norway’s west coast fjords …

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For the fourth Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, Leif Ove Andsnes, has chosen the title “DSCH” – the musical signature of Dmitri Shostakovich …

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From 9 – 12 August 2018 the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival on the west coast of Norway will take place for the third time with a focus on music in the shadow of the Great War …

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Following the huge success of the first Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, which takes place in an idyllic and remote valley in the Hardanger Fjord in west Norway, Leif Ove Andsnes announces the programme for the festival’s second year with a celebration of the chamber music of Mozart …

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Rosendal: After a one and a half hour journey from Bergen airport the “Hardangerfjord Express Boat” sails into harbour – a small village set in a green valley below the dramatic mountains that rise steeply behind it …

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