Leif Ove Andsnes

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Leif Ove Andsnes
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Born (1970-04-07) 7 April 1970 (age 44)
Karmøy, Rogaland, Norway
Occupation Classical pianist
Years active 1987–present
Website
www.andsnes.com

Leif Ove Andsnes[pronunciation?] (born 7 April 1970, Karmøy) is a Norwegian pianist[1][2] and well-known chamber musician. Andsnes has made several recordings for Virgin and EMI.[3] He is represented by IMG.[4]

Biography[edit]

He studied with Jiří Hlinka at the Bergen Music Conservatory[1] and made his debut in Oslo in 1987, in Britain at the Edinburgh Festival with the Oslo Philharmonic in 1989, and in the United States with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi in 1990.[2]

He is known as a champion of the works of Edvard Grieg.[5] In 2002 he played Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Last Night of the Proms.

In November 2009, Pictures Reframed debuted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in which Andsnes performed Mussorgsky’s suite accompanied by five hanging panels and a rear video projection by Robin Rhode.[6] He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Apple Store in New York City.[7]

Administrative[edit]

He helped found the Risør Festival of Chamber Music in 1991 and held the position of Artistic Director for the festival until 2010.[8] In June 2012, he served as Music Director of the 2012 Ojai Music Festival.[9]

Awards[edit]

Andsnes has won many awards, including the Hindemith-Prize (1987), Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (1997), Royal Philharmonic Society Award, (2000), and the Gramophone Awards – Instrumental Award, (2002, for Grieg's Lyric Pieces).

Andsnes has been nominated for the Grammy Awards on seven occasions, but has not won any.

Personal life[edit]

Norwegian horn player Ragnild Lothe is his live-in partner. She gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Sigrid, on 12 June 2010, and to twins in May 2013.

Discography[edit]

(For peak charting position on VG-lista, the Norwegian Albums chart, see NorwegianCharts.com page)

LP[edit]

  • Chopin – Smetana – Beethoven: Sonatas etc. (1987) Vest-Norsk Plateselskap 0087-14

CD[edit]

  • Nielsen: The Wind Chamber Music (1989) BIS-CD-428
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3/Symphony No. 7 (1990) Simax PSC 1060
  • Chopin/Schumann: Cello Sonata, Adagio & Allegro etc. (1990) Simax PSC 1063
  • Chopin – Smetana – Beethoven: Sonatas etc. (1991) Vest-Norsk Plateselskap 0091-0023
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1991) Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4
  • Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 • In the Mists etc. (1991) Virgin Classics 0777 7596392 2
  • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas (1992) Virgin Classics 0777 7590722 3
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3/Symphony No. 7 (1993) Simax PSC 1060
  • Grieg: Piano Sonata/Lyric Pieces (1993) Virgin Classics 0777 7 59300 2 3
  • Brahms/Schumann: Viola Sonatas, Märchenbilder (1993) Virgin Classics 0 777 7 59309 2 4
  • Janáček • Debussy • Ravel • Nielsen: Violin Sonatas (1995) Virgin Classics 7243 5 45122 2 3
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1995) Virgin Classics 7243 5 45173 2 7
  • Chopin/Schumann: Cello Sonata, Adagio & Allegro etc. (1996) Simax PSC 1063
  • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas (1996) Virgin Classics 7243 5 61317 2 9
  • Nielsen: Piano Pieces (1996) Virgin Classics 7243 5 45129 2 6
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1997) EMI Classics 7243 5 56350 2 0
  • Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 • Fantasy (1997) EMI Classics 7243 5 56414 2 7
  • The long, long winter night (1998) EMI Classics 7243 5 56541 2
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, etc. (1998) EMI Classics 7243 5 56583 2 6
  • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas (1999) Virgin Classics 7243 5 61618 2 5
  • Szymanowski: Król Roger • Symphony No. 4 (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56823 2 1
  • Rachmaninov: Songs (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56814 2 3
  • Haydn: Piano Sonatas (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56756 2 0
  • Britten • Shostakovich • Enesco (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56760 2 3
  • Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 • In the Mists etc. (2000) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 61839 2 6
  • Grieg: Concerto – Sonata – Lyric Pieces (2000) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 61745 2 8
  • Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11 (2000) EMI Classics 7243 5 56960 2 1
  • Liszt: Piano Recital (2001) EMI Classics 7243 5 57002 2 3
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 (2002) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 61996 2 0
  • Nielsen: Piano Pieces (2002) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 62040 2 7
  • Janáček/Debussy/Ravel/Nielsen/Brahms/Schumann: Violin & Viola Sonatas (2002) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 62016 2 0
  • Grieg: Lyric Pieces (2002) EMI Classics 7243 5 57296 2 0
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata, D. 959 • 4 Lieder (2002) EMI Classics 7243 5 57266 2 9
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata, D. 850 • 9 Lieder (2003) EMI Classics 7243 5 57460 2 3
  • Grieg • Schumann • Piano Concertos (2003) EMI Classics 7243 5 57486 2 1
  • Dvořák: Violin Concerto • Piano Quintet (2003) EMI Classics 7243 5 57439 2 3
  • Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2004) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 62476 2 8
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 etc. (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 62837 2 5
  • Szymanowski: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 etc. (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 57777 2 0
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos 9 & 18 (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 57803 2 4
  • Schubert: Winterreise (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 57790 2 1
  • Bartók: Violin Sonatas (2004) EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics 7243 5 45668 2 0
  • Bartók: The Piano Concertos (2005) Deutsche Grammophon 289 477 5330
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata D960 • 3 Lieder (2005) EMI Classics 7243 5 57901 2 5
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2005) EMI Classics 7243 4 74813 2 1
  • Horizons (2006) EMI Classics 0946 3 41682 2 9
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata D958 • Lieder • Fragments (2007) EMI Classics 0946 3 84321 2 8
  • Ballad for Edvard Grieg (2007) EMI Classics 0946 3 94399 2 8 / EMI Classics 0946 3 94399 5 9 (Digital)
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 20 (2008) EMI Classics 50999 5 00281 2 2
  • Shadows Of Silence (2009) EMI Classics 5099926418223 / EMI Classics 5099926418254 (Digital)

CD (miscellaneous)[edit]

  • Movements (1993)
Andsnes/Antonsen/Mørk/Thorsen
EMI Norsk AS SKR 0001
Andsnes is represented with 5 piano pieces previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7 59300 2 3 (1993)
  • Andsnes, Antonsen, Mørk (1995)
EMI Classics 7243 5 55576 2 9
Andsnes is represented with miscellaneous piano pieces previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4 (1991), Virgin Classics 0777 7596392 2 (1991) and Virgin Classics 0777 7590722 3 (1992)
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor – Symphony in C Minor (1995)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitajenko
Edvard Grieg Museum • Trold 08
Andsnes is represented with Grieg's piano concerto, previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4 (1991)
  • Chopin for Dummies (1996)
Misc. pianists
EMI Classics 7243 5 66273 0 7
Andsnes is represented with Chopin's 'Mazurka In A Minor, Op. 17 Nr. 4', previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7590722 3 (1992)
  • Classical Sounds of Norway (1996)
Misc. artists
Bare Bra Musikk AS BBCD 2001
Andsnes is represented with the 1st movement of Grieg's piano concerto, previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4 (1991)
  • Delft Chamber Music Festival – Pettersson/Stravinsky/Schubert (1998)
Misc. artists
Koch Classics 3-1651-2
Andsnes is represented with Schubert's 'Nocturne in E-flat, D 897', previously unreleased
  • En annen sol (2000)
Vamp
MajorStudio MSCD 1147
Andsnes plays together with singer Anne Grete Preus on the previously unreleased song 'En annen sol'
  • Leif Ove Andsnes • A Portrait (2001)
Misc. artists
(2 CDs) EMI Classics 7243 5 74789 2 2
All works are previously released on EMI Classics
  • Piano Nocturnes (2001)
Misc. pianists
(2 CDs) EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics 7243 5 61952 2 6
Andsnes is represented with previously released works on Virgin Classics 0777 7596392 2 (1991) and Virgin Classics 0777 7 59300 2 3 (1993)
  • Grieg: Lyric Pieces (2002)
Edvard Grieg Museum • Trold 16
Relaunch of EMI Classics 7243 5 57296 2 0 (2002)
  • Best of 2002 (2002)
Misc. artists
Classic fm CFMACD92
Andsnes is represented with Grieg's 'Wedding Day At Troldhaugen, Op. 65 Nr. 6', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 5 57296 2 0 (2002)
  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of July 2003 (2003)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD0703
Andsnes is represented with the 4th movement from Schubert's 'Piano sonata in D, D850', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 5 57509 2 1 (2003)
  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of September 2004 (2004)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD0904
Andsnes is represented with works previously released on EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics 7243 5 45668 2 0 (2004) and EMI Classics 7243 5 57790 2 1 (2004)
  • Venn (2005)
Misc. Norwegian artists
(2CDs) Universal Music
Andsnes is represented with Geirr Tveitt's 'Welcome with honor', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 5 56542 2 9 (1998)
  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of November 2005 (2005)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD1105
Andsnes is represented with the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's 'Piano Concerto No. 1', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 4 74813 2 1 (2005)
  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of August 2006 (2006)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD0806
Andsnes is represented with a conversation about Grieg, together with Rob Cowan, previously unreleased

DVD[edit]

  • The Verbier Festival & Academy 10th Anniversary Piano Extravaganca (2004)
Misc. pianists
RCA Red Seal
  • Leif Ove Andsnes plays Bach & Mozart (2005)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
EMI Classics 0946 3 10436 9 7

Biography[edit]

  • Leif Ove Andsnes: I og med musikken (2005)
Written by Astrid Kvalbein
Released by Det Norske Samlaget, ISBN 82-521-6526-5

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leif Ove Andsnes: Biography". Official website. 
  2. ^ a b International Who's Who in Classical Music 2007, 23rd edition. London: Routledge. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-85743-416-3. 
  3. ^ "Leif Ove Andsnes - Biography". EMI Classics. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Leif Ove Andsnes | IMG Artists". Imgartists.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. ^ Ove, Leif. "Leif Ove Andsnes". NPR. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ Cashdan, Marina. "/ Robin Rhode and Leif Ove Andsnes." Modern Painters, November 2009.
  7. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. The New York Times http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/a/leif_ove_andsnes/index.html |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Nicholas, Jeremy (October 2010). "End of a Rachmaninov Odyssey (Leif Ove Andsnes Cover Story)". Gramophone 88 (1062): 36–43. 
  9. ^ Morris, Thomas W. "Ojai Festival Blog". Retrieved 14 Feb 2011. 

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