Leif Ove Andsnes
Leif Ove Andsnes has won international acclaim, giving recitals and playing concertos in
the world's leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. Mr. Andsnes is also an
active recording artist and an avid chamber musician, serving as co-artistic director of
the Risør Chamber Music Festival for nearly two decades and as music director of
California's 2012 Ojai Music Festival. He was inducted into the
Gramophone Hall of Fame in July 2013.
In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Andsnes embarks on a new leg of The Beethoven
Journey, his epic, long-term focus on the master composer's five piano concertos.
Orchestral highlights include performances of the Second and Fourth concertos with the Los
Angeles Philharmonic and the "Emperor" with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as
collaborations with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; the orchestras of Munich,
Stockholm, and Helsinki; and the Swedish and Norwegian chamber orchestras. He performs an
all-Beethoven program in a 19-city solo recital tour of the US, Europe, and Japan, making
stops at New York's Carnegie Hall and Chicago's Symphony Center, as well as in Princeton,
Atlanta, London, Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, and more. He rounds out the season in company
with baritone Matthias Goerne, with whom he appears in four European capitals.
Mr. Andsnes reunites with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) for two European tours,
showcasing Beethoven's Second and Fourth concertos in November and coupling the Fifth with
his Choral Fantasy in May. Their recording of the Second and Fourth concertos
will be released by Sony Classical in the spring as the second of three installments of
The Beethoven Journey. Their first recording for the project (the First and Third
concertos) was named iTunes's Best Instrumental Album of 2012 and received Belgium's Prix
Caecilia award. The Beethoven Journey culminates next season when the MCO
rejoins Mr. Andsnes for full-cycle residencies in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Andsnes has received Norway's most distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal
Norwegian Order of St. Olav; as well as the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, Royal Philharmonic
Society's Instrumentalist Award, and the Gilmore Artist Award. His recordings have been
nominated for eight Grammys and awarded many international prizes, including six
Gramophone Awards. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity
Fair named Mr. Andsnes one of the "Best of the Best" in 2005.
Mr. Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway, in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music
Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. He is a professor at the
Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In
June 2010, Mr. Andsnes achieved one of his proudest accomplishments to date, becoming a
father for the first time, and his family expanded in May 2013 with the welcome arrival of