Leif Ove Andsnes


Leif Ove Andsnes was born in 1970 in Karmøy, Norway. He completed his piano studies with Jirí Hlinka at the Music Conservatory of Bergen; significant additional influences came from the Belgian piano teacher Jacques de Tiège. In 1989 Andsnes’s international career began with appearances in New York and Washington, D.C. He made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1990 and at the London Proms in 1991. Since that time he has partnered with the leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics. Andsnes himself has often led the orchestra on these occasions, initially when playing piano concertos by Haydn or Mozart while conducting from the keyboard; since 2012 he has worked with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in conjunction with The Beethoven Journey, performing all five of the composer’s piano concertos; this project will conclude later in the current season, during which complete performances of the cycle are being given in such cities as Vienna, London, Paris, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Andsnes’s repertoire ranges from the 18th century to classical Modernism and contemporary works by composers like Marc-André Dalbavie and Bent Sørensen – both of whom have composed new piano concertos for him. He has recorded more than 30 CDs, and these have garnered many awards, including no fewer than six Gramophone Awards and eight Grammy nominations. Andsnes is also a passionate chamber musician, and for almost 20 years he directed the Norwegian Risør Festival, which he cofounded in 1991; in 2012 he was music director of the Ojai Music Festival. Andsnes has a professorship in piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He holds the honor of Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav and received the Peer Gynt Prize in 2007.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 30 August 2002 playing Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, with Pierre Boulez conducting the Berlin Philharmonic

October 2014