Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has become one of the most admired pianists on today's concert stages. In Boston as a guest soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he visits Classical New England's Fraser Studio for a performance and conversation with host Cathy Fuller.
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Leif Ove Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jirí Hlinka. After more than 30 discs for EMI Classics, he now records for Sony Classical. Andsnes is also an active recording artist, as well as 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.
Andsnes has just begun "Beethoven - A Journey," a multi-year performance and recording project centered on the five concertos.
Andsnes currently lives in Copenhagen and Bergen, and also spends much time at his mountain home in Norway’s western Hardanger area. He is a Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, a Visiting Professor at the Royal Music Conservatory of Copenhagen, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In June 2010, he achieved one of his proudest accomplishments to date: he became a father for the first time.
During his performance in our Fraser Performance Studio, Andsnes performed Granados's Spanish Dance, Op. 37, No. 5, Chopin's Waltzes, Op. 70, and the "Norwegian Peasant March" from Grieg's Lyric Pieces, Op. 54. Andsnes and Fuller also explored facets of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Here's a fun video of Andsnes with his friend, Marc-André Hamelin:
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