Leif Ove Andsnes

Biography

Born: 1970; Norway  
One of the most successful pianists of the generation that came of age at the end of the twentieth century, Leif Ove Andsnes is particularly known for his attention to the music of his native Norway. "I always played a lot of Grieg from my childhood," he has said. "I always loved Grieg and I don't know if it's only because I'm Norwegian."

He entered Bergen Conservatory in 1986 and studied with Jirí Hlinka, a well-known Czech piano
Read more professor. Andsnes made his U.S. debut in 1989, appearing in New York and Washington, then traveling to Canada. In the same year he appeared with great acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival where he played with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons.

Since then he has undertaken frequent touring. He debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1992, and in the same year he made his first appearance at the BBC's Henry Wood Proms in London, playing Britten's piano concerto. He has returned to the Proms, playing in Beethoven's second piano concerto and Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 3.

His first trip to Japan came in 1993, where he played in Tokyo with the Bergen Philharmonic, and he gave his first concerts in Australia in 1994. Among the other orchestras with which he has collaborated are the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He joined the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on major tours.

Andsnes also performs frequently as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and chamber music participant. He tours as part of a piano trio with the violinist and cellist brother-and-sister team of Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff.

He is an exclusive recording artist with the EMI Classics label, on which he has presented a repertory with an unusual mix of well-known and lesser-known music. "I had a teacher who was always very conscious that one should play things that people don't normally hear as well and I find often that pianists are very conventional in their repertoire thinking. I like to explore new things that are not often done," Andsnes says. Alongside Rachmaninov's third concerto and works of Brahms and Schumann, he has made discs of piano music of Grieg, Janácek, and Nielsen, as well as a recital disc of Norwegian piano music.

Andsnes is a winner of the Hindemith Prize (1987), the Norwegian Music Critics Prize (1988), the Grieg Prize (1990), the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award (1992), the Gilmore Prize (1997), the Choc de la Monde de la Musique (a coveted French magazine award) (1998), and, in the year 2000, a Royal Philharmonic Society award for best instrumentalist. His recording activities have won two German Record Critics' awards. Read less
Schumann: Klaviersonate No 1, Fantasie / Leif Ove Andsnes
Release Date: 09/10/2002   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56414   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: 1970; Norway  
One of the most successful pianists of the generation that came of age at the end of the twentieth century, Leif Ove Andsnes is particularly known for his attention to the music of his native Norway. "I always played a lot of Grieg from my childhood," he has said. "I always loved Grieg and I don't know if it's only because I'm Norwegian."

He entered Bergen Conservatory in 1986 and studied with Jirí Hlinka, a well-known Czech piano
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo - Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo - Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Rondo - Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo (Vivace)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco moto - attacca
III. Rondo. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Finale. Allegro - Allegretto, ma non troppo, quasi Andante con moto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco moto - attacca
III. Rondo. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Finale. Allegro - Allegretto, ma non troppo, quasi Andante con moto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Rondo - Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo (Vivace)
I. Andante
II. Menuetto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Lyric Pieces, Op.43: I. Butterfly (Schmetterling)
Lyric Pieces, Op.43: II. Lonely Wanderer (Einsamer Wanderer)
Lyric Pieces, Op.43: III. In My Native Land (In der Heimat)
Lyric Pieces, Op.43: IV. Little Bird (Vöglein)
Lyric Pieces, Op.43: V. Erotic (Erotik)
Lyric Pieces, Op.43: VI. To the Spring (An den Frühling)
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: I. Shepherd Boy (Gjaetergut)
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: II. Norwegian March (Gangar)
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: III. March of the Trolls (Troldtog)
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: IV. Notturno
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: V. Scherzo
Lyric Pieces, Op.54: VI. Bell-Ringing (Klokkeklang)
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op.4: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op.4: II. Minuetto & trio: Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op.4: III. Larghetto
Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op.4: IV. Finale: Presto
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op.35: I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op.35: II. Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op.35: III. Marche funčbre (Lento)
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op.35: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58: II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58: III. Largo
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op.58: IV. Finale: Presto non tanto
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: III. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: III. Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto No.3, Op.30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Concerto No.3 Op.30: II. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Piano Concerto No.3 Op.30: III. Finale (Alla breve)
Piano Concerto No.4 Op.40: I. Allegro vivace (alla breve)
Piano Concerto No.4, Op.40: II. Largo
Piano Concerto No.4 Op.40: III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo - Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo - Allegro
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: I. Allegro affettuoso
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54: III. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: III. Allegro scherzando
Piano Concerto D Major, Hob XVIII:11: Vivace
Piano Concerto D Major, Hob XVIII:11: Un poco adagio
Piano Concerto D Major, Hob XVIII:11: Rondo all 'Ungherese
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 1, Goddag! Goddag!
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 2, Snurretoppen
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 3, En lille langsom vals
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 4, Sprćllemanden
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 5, Dukkemarch
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 6, Spillevćrket
Friar fřter (A-wooing) No. 3
Langeleik-lĺt (Langeleik tune), Op.150 No. 27
Dan lĺngje lĺngje vettranĺttć (The long, long winter night), Op.150 No. 37
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op.63: I. Mit Energie und Leidenschaft
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op.63: II. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op.63: III. Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung
Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op.63: IV. Mit Feuer
Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op.80: I. Sehr lebhaft
Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op.80: II. Mit innigem Ausdruck
Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op.80: III. In massiger Bewegung
Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op.80: IV. Nicht zu rasch
Sech Stückein kanonischer Form, Op.56 arr. for Piano Trio: I. Nicht zu schnell
Sech Stückein kanonischer Form, Op.56 arr. for Piano Trio: II. Mit inningem Ausdruck
Sech Stückein kanonischer Form, Op.56 arr. for Piano Trio: III. Andantino
Sech Stückein kanonischer Form, Op.56 arr. for Piano Trio: IV. Innig
Sech Stückein kanonischer Form, Op.56 arr. for Piano Trio: V. Nicht zu schnell
Sech Stückein kanonischer Form, Op.56 arr. for Piano Trio: VI. Adagio
Piano Trio No. 3 in G Minor, Op.110: I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
Piano Trio No. 3 in G Minor, Op.110: II. Ziemlich langsam - Etwas bewegter - Schneller - Erstes Tempo
Piano Trio No. 3 in G Minor, Op.110: III. Rasch
Piano Trio No. 3 in G Minor, Op.110: IV. Kräftig, mit Humor
Fantasiestücke für klavier, Violine and Violoncello, Op.88: I. Romanze. Nicht schnell, mit innigem Ausdruck
Fantasiestücke für klavier, Violine and Violoncello, Op.88: II. Humoreske. Lebhaft
Fantasiestücke für klavier, Violine and Violoncello, Op.88: III. Duett. Langsam und mit Ausdruck
Fantasiestücke für klavier, Violine and Violoncello, Op.88: IV. Finale. Im Marsch-Tempo
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: I. Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: II. Aria
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: III. Scherzo a intermezzo
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: IV. Finale (Allegro un poco maestoso)
Fantasie in C, Op.17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Fantasie in C, Op.17: II. Mäßig - Durchweg leise zu halten
Fantasie in C, Op.17: III. Langsam getragen - Durchweg leise zu halten
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome/Gnomus
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Old Castle/ Il vecchio castello
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Tuileries/Tuileries
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Ox Cart/Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks/Bellet des pouissins dans leur coques
Pictures at an Exhibition: Two Polish Jews: Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Market Place in Limoges/Limoges - Le Marché
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Catacombs (Catacombae Sepulchrum romanum) - cum mortuis in lingua mortua
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba Yaga)/La Cabane sur des pattes de poule
Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev/La grande porte de Kiev
From Memories of Childhood: Nyanya i ya (Nurse and I)
From Memories of Childhood: Pervoye nakazaniye: Nyanya zapirayet menya v temnuyu komnatu [First Punishment: Nurse Shuts Me in a Dark Ro
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Kuriose Geschichte
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Hasche-Mann
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Bittendes Kind
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Glückes genug
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Wichtige Begebenheit
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Träumerei
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Am Kamin
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Ritter vom Steckenpferd
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Fast zu ernst
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Fürchtenmachen
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Kind im Einschlummern
Kinderszenen, Op.15: Der Dichter spricht
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: I. Adagio - Allegro agitato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: II. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: III. Allegro deciso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: IV. Allegro animato
Lyric Pieces, Op.65: I. From Days of Youth (Fra ungdomsdagene)
Lyric Pieces, Op.65: II. Peasant's Song (Bondens sang)
Lyric Pieces, Op.65: III. Melancholy (Tungsind)
Lyric Pieces, Op.65: IV. Salon
Lyric Pieces, Op.65: VI. In Ballad Style (I balladetone)
Lyric Pieces, Op.65: VI. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag pĺ Troldhaugen)
Piano Concerto: I. Satz
Piano Concerto: II. Presto
Piano Concerto: III.
Piano Concerto: IV.
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: I. Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: II. Aria
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: III. Scherzo a intermezzo
Piano Sonata No. 1, Op.11: IV. Finale (Allegro un poco maestoso)
Fantasie in C, Op.17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Fantasie in C, Op.17: II. Mäßig - Durchweg leise zu halten
Fantasie in C, Op.17: III. Langsam getragen - Durchweg leise zu halten
Symphony No. 4, Op.60 'Sinfonia Concertante': Moderato, Tempo comodo
Symphony No. 4, Op.60 'Sinfonia Concertante': Andante molto sostenuto
Symphony No. 4, Op.60 'Sinfonia Concertante': Allegro non troppo, ma agitato ad ansioso
Piano Sonata in C Minor, D.958: Allegro
Piano Sonata in C Minor, D.958: Adagio - sempre ligato
Piano Sonata in C Minor, D.958: Menuetto
Piano Sonata in C Minor, D.958: Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D.959: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D.959: II. Andantino
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D.959: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio (Un poco piů lento)
Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D.959: IV. Rondo (Allegretto - Presto)
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat, D.960: I. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat, D.960: II. Andante sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat, D.960: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio - Scherzo
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat, D.960: IV. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Major, D.850: I. Allegro vivace
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Major, D.850: II. Con moto
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Major, D.850: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio (L'istesso tempo)
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Major, D.850: IV. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
Piano Concerto in G No. 17, K.453: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto in G No. 17, K.453: II. Andante
Piano Concerto in G No. 17, K.453: III. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466: II. Romanze
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466: III. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, 'From the Street': Presentiment
Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, 'From the Street': Death
In the Mists: Andante
In the Mists: Molto adagio
In the Mists: Andantino
In the Mists: Presto
Den Luciferiske, Op.45: I. Allegretto un pochettino
Den Luciferiske, Op.45: II. Poco moderato
Den Luciferiske, Op.45: III. Molto adagio e patetico
Den Luciferiske, Op.45: IV. Allegretto innocente
Den Luciferiske, Op.45: V. Allegretto vivo
Den Luciferiske, Op.45: VI. Allegro non troppo ma vigoroso
Three Piano Pieces, Op.59: I. Impromptu : Allegro fluento
Three Piano Pieces, Op.59: II. Adagio
Three Piano Pieces, Op.59: III. Allegro non troppo
Five Piano Pieces, Op.3: I. Folk Melody
Five Piano Pieces, Op.3: II. Humoresque
Five Piano Pieces, Op.3: III. Arabesque
Five Piano Pieces, Op.3: IV. Mignon
Five Piano Pieces, Op.3: V. Alfedans
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 1, Goddag! Goddag!
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 2, Snurretoppen
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 3, En lille langsom vals
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 4, Sprćllemanden
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 5, Dukkemarch
Humoreske-Bagateller, Op.11: No. 6, Spillevćrket


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