Leif Ove Andsnes

Norwegian pianist (1970, Karmøy)

International pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes has a fondness for the romantic repertoire, especially the Scandinavian composers’. His recordings of Edvard Grieg’s pieces for piano got unanimous acclaim from the critics.

Leif Ove Andsnes did his musical studies at the Bergen Conservatoire in Norway, in the class of Jiří Hlinka. In 1987, he won the Hindemith Prize in Frankfort, then the Grieg Prize in 1989. He quickly started an international career in Europe and in the United States.

In 1992, he made his debut as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Proms Festival in London, and then had his first recital in 1998 at the Louvre Auditorium in Paris. If he often gives recitals in the most prestigious venues of the world (no less than 7 representation at the Carnegie Hall in only one year!),Leif Ove Andsness is also a passionate chamber musician. He regularly gave concerts accompanied by violinist Christian Tetzlaff, tenor Ian Bostridge, baritone Matthias Goerne andthe Artemis Quartett. 

In parallel to his music activies, he was the musical co-director of the Music Chamber Festival of Risør in Norway for over twenty years and a teacher at the Oslo Academy of Music, at the Royal Music Conservatory of Copenhagen and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

His rich discography includes a repertoire of various recordings of pieces by d'Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert, Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók, Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt, Benjamin Britten, Sergei Rachmaninoff… Leif Ove Andsness also did a bug tour called “Beethoven Journey” that he presented all over Europe, in the US, in Japan. Moreover he made the first global recording of the two pieces that were dedicated to him: Piano Concerto by Marc-André Dalbavie andThe Shadows of Silence of Bent Sørensen. Those recordings made of him “a dynamique performer of contemporary music” (New York Times).

Five landmark dates in the life of Leif Ove Andsnes

2004-2005: gave seven recitals at the Carnegie Hall in New York.
2007: received the prize Peer Gynt, attributed by Norway Parliament.
2009: gave the Piano Concerto by Marc-André Dalbavie (of which he was the dedicatee) at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, alongside the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and under the conducting of Myung-Whun Chung.
2010: became a resident pianist at the Berliner Philharmoniker.
2013: entered the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

Radio France Documentation Biography, March 2016