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AndsnesDescribed by the New York Times as «a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight», Leif Ove Andsnes has won international renown. Besides recital and concerto appearances in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras, he is an avid chamber musician and an active recording artist.
Highlights of 2010/11 season include two residencies. As Pianist-in-Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, he performed five programs including Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto under Bernard Haitink, chamber music, and a solo recital. He also served as Artist-in-Residence with his hometown orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic. Other season highlights have included a European tour with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski and a tour with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons. In April, Leif Ove Andsnes began an extensive recital tour with performances in Chicago and New York, before returning to Europe for performances in Rome, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, etc.
In March 2011, Leif Ove Andsnes signed a new exclusive contract with Sony Classical to record the full cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra over a period of three years. The project culminates in the 2014/15 season when Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will re-unite for major residencies in North America, Europe and Asia.
As an Emi Classics artist for many years Andsnes has recorded more than 30 Cds spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day. He has won five Gramophone Awards.
Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory. He has received his country’s most distinguished honour, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, besides the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award.