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
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    Simon Rattle & His Soloists: The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555058 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Nigel Kennedy,  Lynn Harrell,  Marielle Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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    The CBSO Years / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez - 20th Century
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002250902 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Harrison Birtwistle,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  John Aler,  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Song Cycles / Ian Bostridge [3 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 620418 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Antonio Pappano
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    Szymanowski: King Roger, Symphony No 4 / Hampson, Andsnes, Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 620051 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Philip Langridge,  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Ryszard Minkiewicz  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
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    The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concertos No 1-5 / 	Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305887 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concerto No. 5
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 305886 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos No 2 & 4 / Andsnes
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 370548 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart / Frost
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1893 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martin Fröst,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Antoine Tamestit,  Janine Jansen  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Fröst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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    Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos / Andsnes, Pappano, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 19385 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concertos No 1 & 3  / Leif Ove Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 542058 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    Schubert: Lieder On Record (1898-2012) [17-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Liszt - The Piano Collection
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27180 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  György Cziffra,  Vladimir Ovchinikov,  Mikhail Rudy  ... 
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    Schumann: Piano Trios / Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94180 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Tanja Tetzlaff
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Andsnes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40516 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Autumn In The Park
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 09305 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Joseph Canteloube,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hugh Bean,  Lesley Garrett,  Sarah Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Paul Daniel,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Session Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Best Chopin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58513 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Danielle Laval,  Teresa Llacuna,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Charles Dutoit,  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra,  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Pictures Reframed - Mussorgsky, Schumann / Leif Ove Andsnes [Deluxe Edition with DVD and Book]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67005 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
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    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 20.
    Benjamin Britten - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 17526 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 37
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Andrew Mead,  Jill Gomez,  Norman Bailey,  Penelope Walker  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall,  Richard Hickox,  Daniel Harding,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity Boys Choir,  City of London Sinfonia,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 21.
    Szymanowski: Symphonies No 3 & 4, Violin Concertos / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 14576 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Iwona Sobotka,  Katarina Karnéus,  John Connell  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus
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  • 22.
    Best Romantic Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15490 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Byzantine,  Amy Nuttall,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Sharon Isbin  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kershaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lawrence Foster,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    The Cleveland Orchestra At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056578 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz von Suppé
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bartók: Piano Concertos No 1-3 / Boulez, Zimerman, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000388502 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Verbier Festival & Academy 10th Anniversary Piano Extravaganza
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61860 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Benjamin,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin,  Staffan Scheja,  James Levine,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
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