Leif Ove Andsnes
The New York Times has called 1998 Gilmore Artist Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won worldwide acclaim, prompting the Wall Street Journal to label him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” He gives recitals and plays concertos each season in the world’s leading concert halls and with the foremost orchestras.
Andsnes is also an avid chamber musician who has joined select colleagues each summer at Norway’s Risør Festival of Chamber Music. He will serve as Music Director of the 2012 Ojai Music Festival in California.
Beethoven will figure prominently in this season and beyond, in Andsnes’ concerto performances, recitals and recordings. He will tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Italy as well as Dresden, Prague, and Bergen. The Prague concerts will be recorded live by Sony Classical – his label debut – and are the beginning of a multi-year project, entitled “Beethoven – A Journey,” to play and record all five of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos.
Andsnes will conduct a Master Class on Friday, April 27 at 10:00 AM at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.