Leif Ove Andsnes
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most sought-after pianists of his
generation. He appears each season with the world's leading orchestras and gives recitals
in the foremost concert halls. Also an active chamber musician, he plays at Norway's Risør
Chamber Music Festival and next year will serve as music director of the Ojai Music
Festival in California.
Beethoven figures prominently in Mr. Andsnes's 2011-2012 season, including concerto
performances with the Boston, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Trondheim, and Vienna symphony
orchestras, the Norwegian and Swedish chamber orchestras, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Andsnes tours Italy with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with which he also begins his
recorded cycle of the Beethoven piano concertos on Sony Classical. Other highlights this
season include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Germany, Japan, and Norway; recitals
in North America, Japan, and Europe; and a spring recital tour in the US with baritone
Matthias Goerne, featuring songs by Mahler and Shostakovich.
Mr. Andsnes's discography comprises more than 30 solo, chamber, and concerto releases,
spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day and garnering eight Grammy Award
nominations and five Gramophone Awards. Among his recent recordings are Rachmaninoff's
piano concertos No. 3 and No. 4 with Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra, and
Schumann's complete piano trios with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja
Tetzlaff. Among his honors are Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, the Peer
Gynt Prize, and the Gilmore Artist Award.