LEIF OVE ANDSNES
With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, 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.
With a discography which explores a diverse range of repertoire recorded over the last twenty five years, Andsnes’ recent releases have included the 3 CD Beethoven Journey with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, an album of Sibelius’ little known piano gems and a Stravinsky duo CD with Marc André Hamelin. His latest recording is dedicated to Chopin’s 4 epic Ballades which Andsnes intersperses with 3 of the composer’s Nocturnes. The album was made a BBC Music Magazine Editor’s Choice by 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 honor, 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 in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. He has also received invaluable advice from the Belgian piano teacher Jacques de Tiège who, like Hlinka, has greatly influenced his style and philosophy of playing. He is currently an Artistic Adviser for the Prof. Jirí Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen where he gives annual masterclasses.
Andsnes lives in Bergen and in June 2010 achieved one of his proudest accomplishments to date, becoming a father for the first time. His family expanded in May 2013 with the welcome arrival of twins.