Leif Ove Andsnes
The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide. He gives recitals and plays concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with the foremost orchestras, besides being an active recording artist. An avid chamber musician, he served as co-artistic director of the Risor Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and was music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival.
Beethoven’s music figures prominently in Andsnes’s programming for 2012-13 and beyond, in concerto performances, recitals, and recordings. In September 2012, Sony Classical will release the pianist’s label debut, The Beethoven Journey, on which he directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard in performances of the composer’s First and Third Piano Concertos. As “The Beethoven Journey” project enters its second year, it is Beethoven’s first four concertos that dominate Andsnes’s repertoire, performing them with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras under Alan Gilbert and Gustavo Dudamel, respectively, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti. He also takes “The Beethoven Journey” to Europe and Japan, performing with the Munich Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Additional highlights of Andsnes’s 2012-13 season include a ten-stop European solo recital tour with a program of Beethoven, Bartók, Liszt, and Chopin, and duo recital tours with two leading violinists: Christian Tetzlaff in Europe and Akiko Suwanai in Japan.
"The Beethoven 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.
Leif Ove Andsnes has received Norway’s most distinguished honor – Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav – as well as the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award, and the Gilmore Artist Award. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005
Leif Ove Andsnes discography, which features multiple Gramophone Award winners, also includes works by Bartók, Brahms, Dvorák, Janácek, Mozart, Nielsen, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Schumann, and many others. Other highlights from last season included performances of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, the New York Philharmonic with Ricardo Muti, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as 18 solo recitals in Europe and the U.S.