Leif Ove Andsnes
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. He appears each season with the world’s leading orchestras and gives recitals in the foremost concert halls. Also an active chamber musician, he plays at the Risør Chamber Music Festival, Norway, and next year will serve as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival in California.
Beethoven figures prominently this season as Leif Ove Andsnes performs Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 throughout Europe and North America and goes on to take both works on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Italy, Lugano, Dresden, Prague, and Bergen. The Prague performances will be recorded live for his Sony Classical label debut: the beginning of a multi-year project entitled “Beethoven – A Journey,” playing and recording all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos.
"Beethoven - A Journey" is sponsored by the Stifelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen, a Bergen based foundation established to honour the memory of Krisitan Gerhard Jebsen and his contribution to the Norwegian and international shipping business.
Other highlights this season include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in Germany, Japan and Norway, recitals in North America, Japan and Europe and a spring recital tour in the USA with baritone Matthias Goerne, featuring songs by Mahler and Shostakovich.
Leif Ove Andsnes’ discography comprises more than 30 solo, chamber and concerto releases, spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day and garnering eight Grammy nominations and five Gramophone Awards. Among his recent recordings are Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 with Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra and Schumann’s complete piano trios with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. Among his honours are Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav, the Peer Gynt Prize and the Gilmore Artist Award.