Leif Ove Andsnes soloist with the Fossegrimen Orchestra

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Sunday June 24th 2018 the world famous pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will play in concert with the Fossegrimen Orchestra Mozart’s well-known and popular pianoconcerto no. 21 in C at Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand.

With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, Leif Ove Andsnes has won worldwide acclaim, giving recitals and playing concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. Also an avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival in Norway. In 2017-18 Andsnes also performs in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Vienna Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras amongst others. He gives solo recitals across South America and Japan, joins Matthias Goerne for dedicated Schubert lieder projects and Marc-André Hamelin for a programme of Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky for piano four-hands.

Following the enormous success of his recent 3 volume Beethoven Journey on Sony Classical, Leif Ove Andsnes returns to the studio to make two new recordings, both due for release in 2017-18: a Stravinsky two-piano album, recorded with Marc-André Hamelin for Hyperion, and a solo Sibelius collection for Sony Classical. His previous discography comprises more than 30 discs for EMI Classics – solo, chamber, and concerto releases, many of them bestsellers – spanning repertoire from the time of Bach to the present day.  

Andsnes has received Norway’s distinguished honor, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav. In 2007, he received the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, awarded by members of parliament to honour prominent Norwegians and, in Spring 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from New York’s Juilliard School, and earlier this year an honorary doctorate at the University of Bergen. He is also the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award. He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2013 and, saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of its ‘Best of the Best’ in 2005.

Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, western Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. He has also received invaluable advice from the Belgian piano teacher Jacques de Tiège who, like Hlinka, has greatly influenced his style and philosophy of playing. He is currently an Artistic Adviser for the Prof. Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy in Bergen where he gives an annual masterclass to participating students.

The Fossegrimen Orchestra was founded as an amateur orchestra in 1917 in Voss, Norway, at Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand and has been operating ever since. Thus the orchestra is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season ending with this great musical event at Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand. Fossegrimen has since 1981 been defined as a regional symphony orchestra in the county of Hordaland and has 35-40 musicians, both professional and gifted amateurs. Principal conductor for the past 26 years has been Dagfinn Rohde, who is a violinist in Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Fossegrimen rehearses every week and accomplishes four different musical projects each season playing public concerts in Voss and in the neighbouring district. It is financed by the municipality of Voss and the county of Hordaland, private sponsors and different other fundings.