Leif Ove Andsnes
With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, pianist 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.
Leif Ove Andsnes’ discography explores a diverse range of repertoire recorded over the last 25 years. His most recent releases have included The Beethoven Journey – a recording of the complete Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasy with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra which Andsnes directed from the keyboard, an album with a personal selection of Sibelius’ little known and remarkably beautiful piano gems, and an album featuring the piano music of Stravinsky together with Marc-André Hamelin.
His latest recording is dedicated to Chopin’s four epic Ballades which Andsnes intersperses with three of the composer’s Nocturnes. The album was made Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine and named “one of the great piano discs of this year or even this decade!” by France’s ResMusica.com.
Andsnes has received Norway’s distinguished honour, 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 on the island of Karmøy in western Norway in 1970 and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jiri Hlinka. He has also received invaluable advice from the Belgian piano teacher Jacques de Tiége who, like Hlinka, has greatly influenced his style and philosophy of playing. He is an Artistic Adviser for the Prof. Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen where he gives annual masterclasses.