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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  • 1.
    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 / Martin 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:  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
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  • 3.
    Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844172 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Lars Vogt,  Wolfram Christ,  Georg Faust  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    50 Best Romantic Piano Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333232 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  John Ogdon,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rostal & Schaefer Piano Duo
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    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26792 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Lars Anders Tomter,  Elisabeth Söderström,  Thomas Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Simon Rattle,  Oliver Knussen,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endymion Ensemble,  Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
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  • 6.
    Britten: Orchestral Works
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 781602 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Peter Donohoe,  Peter [English Horn] Walden,  Wesley Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Simon Rattle,  Paavo Järvi,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir  ... 
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  • 7.
    Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Andsnes
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 322882 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
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    Grieg: Piano Concertos & Lyric Pieces / Andsnes
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 322862 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Essential Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 05149 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Vag Papian,  Michael Rabin,  Tasmin Little  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi,  Nash Ensemble
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    Piano Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2639 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Francois-René Duchable,  György Cziffra,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Michel Plasson,  György Cziffra,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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  • 11.
    Rachmaninov: Complete Piano Concertos / Andsnes, Pappano, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony
    Label: Emi 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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  • 12.
    The Greatest Classical Music Ever!: The Best Classical Music In The Movies Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04105 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Stanley Myers,  James Horner,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Morse,  Manuel Barrueco,  James Horner,  David Abel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Riccardo Muti,  Iain Sutherland,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
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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: Emi 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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  • 15.
    Pierre Boulez Conducts Bartok
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660402 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Nigel Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
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    Grieg: Piano Concerto / Andsnes, Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027435 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 / Andsnes, Pappano, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027595 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Schumann: Piano Concerto / Andsnes, Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027645 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Essential Brahms
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 78131 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Nicholas Angelich,  Natalie Clein,  Charles Owen  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Eugen Jochum,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet,  Artemis Quartett (String Quartet)
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  • 20.
    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  London Steve Reich Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques  ... 
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  • 21.
    Chopin: Best Loved Piano Pieces
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84027 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Piotr Anderszewski
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  • 22.
    The Very Best Of Leif Ove Andsnes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94784 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Hĺkan Hardenberger
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Järvi
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  • 23.
    Liszt - The Piano Collection
    Label: Emi 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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  • 24.
    Classic Lullabies: Music For Sweetest Dreams
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70829 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Bernhard Flies,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Juhani Lagerspetz,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Richard Stamp,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Paul Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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  • 25.
    Schumann: Piano Trios / Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff, Tanja Tetzlaff
    Label: Emi 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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