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Leif Ove Andsnes is a Norwegianmarker pianist.

Biography

He studied with Jiří Hlinka at the Grieg Academy of Musicmarker in Bergen. He is an ardent champion of the works of Edvard Grieg.

Andsnes has been nominated for the Grammy Awards four times (as of December 2004). He has won numerous awards, including the Hindemith-Prize (1987), Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (1997), Royal Philharmonic Society Award, (2000), and the Gramophone Awards – Instrumental Award, (2002, for Grieg's Lyric Pieces).

In 2002 he played Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Last Night of the Proms.

Also a renowned chamber musician, he holds the position of Artistic Director at the Risør Festival of Chamber Music.

Andsnes has made several recordings for Virgin and EMI.

In November 2009, Pictures Reframed debuted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in which Andsnes performed Mussorgsky’s suite accompanied by five hanging panels and a rear video projection by Robin Rhode.

Discography

LP

  • Chopin – Smetana – Beethoven: Sonatas etc. (1987) Vest-Norsk Plateselskap 0087-14


CD

  • Nielsen: The Wind Chamber Music (1989) BIS-CD-428
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3/Symphony No. 7 (1990) Simax PSC 1060
  • Chopin/Schumann: Cello Sonata, Adagio & Allegro etc. (1990) Simax PSC 1063
  • Chopin – Smetana – Beethoven: Sonatas etc. (1991) Vest-Norsk Plateselskap 0091-0023
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1991) Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4
  • Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 • In the Mists etc. (1991) Virgin Classics 0777 7596392 2
  • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas (1992) Virgin Classics 0777 7590722 3
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3/Symphony No. 7 (1993) Simax PSC 1060
  • Grieg: Piano Sonata/Lyric Pieces (1993) Virgin Classics 0777 7 59300 2 3
  • Brahms/Schumann: Viola Sonatas, Märchenbilder (1993) Virgin Classics 0 777 7 59309 2 4
  • Janáček • Debussy • Ravel • Nielsen: Violin Sonatas (1995) Virgin Classics 7243 5 45122 2 3
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1995) Virgin Classics 7243 5 45173 2 7
  • Chopin/Schumann: Cello Sonata, Adagio & Allegro etc. (1996) Simax PSC 1063
  • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas (1996) Virgin Classics 7243 5 61317 2 9
  • Nielsen: Piano Pieces (1996) Virgin Classics 7243 5 45129 2 6
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (1997) EMI Classics 7243 5 56350 2 0
  • Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 • Fantasy (1997) EMI Classics 7243 5 56414 2 7
  • The long, long winter night (1998) EMI Classics 7243 5 56541 2
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, etc. (1998) EMI Classics 7243 5 56583 2 6
  • Chopin: The Piano Sonatas (1999) Virgin Classics 7243 5 61618 2 5
  • Szymanowski: Król Roger • Symphony No. 4 (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56823 2 1
  • Rachmaninov: Songs (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56814 2 3
  • Haydn: Piano Sonatas (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56756 2 0
  • Britten • Shostakovich • Enesco (1999) EMI Classics 7243 5 56760 2 3
  • Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 • In the Mists etc. (2000) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 61839 2 6
  • Grieg: Concerto – Sonata – Lyric Pieces (2000) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 61745 2 8
  • Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11 (2000) EMI Classics 7243 5 56960 2 1
  • Liszt: Piano Recital (2001) EMI Classics 7243 5 57002 2 3
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 (2002) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 61996 2 0
  • Nielsen: Piano Pieces (2002) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 62040 2 7
  • Janáček/Debussy/Ravel/Nielsen/Brahms/Schumann: Violin & Viola Sonatas (2002) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 62016 2 0
  • Grieg: Lyric Pieces (2002) EMI Classics 7243 5 57296 2 0
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata, D. 959 • 4 Lieder (2002) EMI Classics 7243 5 57266 2 9
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata, D. 850 • 9 Lieder (2003) EMI Classics 7243 5 57460 2 3
  • Grieg • Schumann • Piano Concertos (2003) EMI Classics 7243 5 57486 2 1
  • Dvořák: Violin Concerto • Piano Quintet (2003) EMI Classics 7243 5 57439 2 3
  • Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2004) EMI Records Ltd 7243 5 62476 2 8
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 etc. (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 62837 2 5
  • Szymanowski: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 etc. (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 57777 2 0
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos 9 & 18 (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 57803 2 4
  • Schubert: Winterreise (2004) EMI Classics 7243 5 57790 2 1
  • Bartók: Violin Sonatas (2004) EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics 7243 5 45668 2 0
  • Bartók: The Piano Concertos (2005) Deutsche Grammophon 289 477 5330
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata D960 • 3 Lieder (2005) EMI Classics 7243 5 57901 2 5
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2005) EMI Classics 7243 4 74813 2 1
  • Horizons (2006) EMI Classics 0946 3 41682 2 9
  • Schubert: Piano Sonata D958 • Lieder • Fragments (2007) EMI Classics 0946 3 84321 2 8
  • Ballad for Edvard Grieg (2007) EMI Classics 0946 3 94399 2 8 / EMI Classics 0946 3 94399 5 9 (Digital)
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 20 (2008) EMI Classics 50999 5 00281 2 2


CD (miscellaneous)

  • Movements (1993)
Andsnes/Antonsen/Mørk/Thorsen
EMI Norsk AS SKR 0001
Andsnes is represented with 5 piano pieces previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7 59300 2 3 (1993)


  • Andsnes, Antonsen, Mørk (1995)
EMI Classics 7243 5 55576 2 9
Andsnes is represented with miscellaneous piano pieces previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4 (1991), Virgin Classics 0777 7596392 2 (1991) and Virgin Classics 0777 7590722 3 (1992)


  • Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor – Symphony in C Minor (1995)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Kitajenko
Edvard Grieg Museum • Trold 08
Andsnes is represented with Grieg's piano concerto, previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4 (1991)


  • Chopin for Dummies (1996)
Misc. pianists
EMI Classics 7243 5 66273 0 7
Andsnes is represented with Chopin's 'Mazurka In A Minor, Op. 17 Nr. 4', previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7590722 3 (1992)


  • Classical Sounds of Norway (1996)
Misc. artists
Bare Bra Musikk AS BBCD 2001
Andsnes is represented with the 1st movement of Grieg's piano concerto, previously released on Virgin Classics 0777 7596132 4 (1991)


  • Delft Chamber Music Festival – Pettersson/Stravinsky/Schubert (1998)
Misc. artists
Koch Classics 3-1651-2
Andsnes is represented with Schubert's 'Nocturne in E-flat, D 897', previously unreleased


  • En annen sol (2000)
Vamp
MajorStudio MSCD 1147
Andsnes plays together with singer Anne Grete Preus on the previously unreleased song 'En annen sol'


  • Leif Ove Andsnes • A Portrait (2001)
Misc. artists
(2 CDs) EMI Classics 7243 5 74789 2 2
All works are previously released on EMI Classics


  • Piano Nocturnes (2001)
Misc. pianists
(2 CDs) EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics 7243 5 61952 2 6
Andsnes is represented with previously released works on Virgin Classics 0777 7596392 2 (1991) and Virgin Classics 0777 7 59300 2 3 (1993)


  • Grieg: Lyric Pieces (2002)
Edvard Grieg Museum • Trold 16
Relaunch of EMI Classics 7243 5 57296 2 0 (2002)


  • Best of 2002 (2002)
Misc. artists
Classic fm CFMACD92
Andsnes is represented with Grieg's 'Wedding Day At Troldhaugen, Op. 65 Nr. 6', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 5 57296 2 0 (2002)


  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of July 2003 (2003)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD0703
Andsnes is represented with the 4th movement from Schubert's 'Piano sonata in D, D850', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 5 57509 2 1 (2003)


  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of September 2004 (2004)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD0904
Andsnes is represented with works previously released on EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics 7243 5 45668 2 0 (2004) and EMI Classics 7243 5 57790 2 1 (2004)


  • Venn (2005)
Misc. Norwegian artists
(2CDs) Universal Music
Andsnes is represented with Geirr Tveitt's 'Welcome with honor', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 5 56542 2 9 (1998)


  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of November 2005 (2005)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD1105
Andsnes is represented with the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's 'Piano Concerto No. 1', previously released on EMI Classics 7243 4 74813 2 1 (2005)


  • Editor's Choice • The Top Ten Discs of August 2006 (2006)
Misc. artists
Gramophone GCD0806
Andsnes is represented with a conversation about Grieg, together with Rob Cowan, previously unreleased


DVD

  • The Verbier Festival & Academy 10th Anniversary Piano Extravaganca (2004)
Misc. pianists
RCA Red Seal


  • Leif Ove Andsnes plays Bach & Mozart (2005)
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
EMI Classics 0946 3 10436 9 7


Biography

  • Leif Ove Andsnes: I og med musikken (2005)
Written by Astrid Kvalbein
Released by Det Norske Samlaget, ISBN 82-521-6526-5


Awards

  • 1st prize in the Youth Piano Championship, ages 9–12 years (Norway, 1979)
  • 2nd prize in the Youth Piano Championship, ages 9–12 years (Norway, 1982)
  • 2nd prize in the Youth Piano Championship, ages 12–15 years (Norway, 1983)
  • 1st prize in the Youth Piano Championship, ages 12–15 years (Norway, 1985)
  • 4th place in the Jugend musiziert (Germany, 1987)
  • Winner of the Hindemith Prize (Germany, 1987)
  • Awarded the Travel Grant from Shell (Norway, 1987)
  • Launch Support from Rikskonsertene (Norway, 1987)
  • Money Support from Klæstads Legat (Norway, 1987)
  • Music Scholarship from Margit og Eli Marie Arvesen Scholarship Fund (Norway, 1987)
  • 2nd place in the Eurovision Grand Prix for young musicians (The Netherlands, 1988)
  • Money Support from Rønnings legat (Norway, 1988)
  • Awarded the Music Critics Prize (Norway, 1988)
  • Awarded the Levin Prize (Norway, 1988)
  • Awarded the Bang & Olufsen Prize (Norway, 1988)
  • Awarded the Grieg Prize (Norway, 1990)
  • Winner of the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for 'Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 • In the Mists etc.' (Germany, 1991)
  • Winner of the Spellemannpris in the category of Chamber Music for 'Chopin: The Piano Sonatas' (Norway, 1992)
  • Winner of the Dorothy B. Chandler Performing Arts Award (USA, 1992)
  • Awarded the Rolf H. Gammeleng's Prize (Norway, 1993)
  • Winner of the Spellemannpris in the category of Chamber Music for 'Grieg: Piano Sonata/Lyric Pieces' (Norway, 1993)
  • Nominated for the Gramophone Instrumental Award for 'Grieg: Piano Sonata/Lyric Pieces' (England, 1993)
  • Awarded the Bragdprisen (Norway, 1994)
  • Winner of the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for 'Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 • Fantasy' (Germany, 1997)
  • Awarded the Gilmore Artist Award (USA, 1997)
  • Awarded the Lindeman Prize (Norway, 1997)
  • Nominated for the Gramophone Instrumental Award for 'Nielsen: Piano Pieces' (England, 1997)
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for 'Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 • Fantasy' (USA, 1998)
  • Winner of the Choc de la Monde de la Musique for 'Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, etc.' (France, 1998)
  • Awarded the Anders Jahres Kulturpris (Norway, 1999)
  • Winner of the Spellemann of the Year (Norway, 1999)
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for 'The long, long winter night' (USA, 1999)
  • Winner of the Gramophone Concerto Award for 'Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11' (England, 2000)
  • Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best instrumentalist (England, 2000)
  • Winner of the Premio Internazionale "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" (Italy, 2001)
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance With Orchestra for 'Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11' (USA, 2001)
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Chamber Music Performance for 'Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11' (USA, 2001)
  • Vamp is nominated for a Spellemannpris in the category of Folk and Folkrock for 'En annen sol' (Norge, 2001).
  • Awarded the Karmøys ærespris (Norway, 2001)
  • Awarded the Gledessprederen (Norway, 2001)
  • Winner of the Diapason d´or for 'Liszt: Piano Recital' (France, 2001)
  • Winner of the Spellemannpris in the category of Classical Music for 'Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11' (Norway, 2001)
  • Awarded the Commander of St. Olavs Orden (Norway, 2002)
  • Nominated for a Spellemannpris in the category of Classical Music for 'Liszt: Piano Recital' (Norway, 2002)
  • Winner of the Gramophone Instrumental Award for 'Grieg: Lyric Pieces' (England, 2002)
  • Winner of the Solistische Einspielung des Jahres for 'Liszt: Piano Recital' (Germany, 2002)
  • Winner of the Spellemannpris in the category of Classical Music for 'Schubert: Piano Sonata, D. 959 • 4 Lieder' (Norway, 2002)
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance for 'Grieg: Lyric Pieces' (USA, 2003)
  • Winner of the Spellemannpris in the category of Classical Music for 'Grieg • Schumann • Piano Concertos' (Norway, 2003)
  • Winner of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in the category of Concerto for 'Grieg • Schumann • Piano Concertos' (Germany, 2004)
  • Elected "Best Fingers" in Vanity Fair (USA, 2004)
  • Nominated for the Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year 2004 (England, 2004)
  • Winner of the Gramophone Concerto Award for 'Grieg • Schumann • Piano Concertos' (England, 2004)
  • Winner of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in the category of Concerto for 'Bartók: The Piano Concertos' (Germany, 2004)
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Chamber Music Performance for 'Bartók: Violin Sonatas' (USA, 2005)
  • Winner of the Sibelius Prize (Norway, 2005)
  • Winner of the Spellemannpris in the category of Classical Music for 'Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 & 2' (Norway, 2006)
  • Nominated for a Spellemannpris in the category of Classical Music for 'Horizons' (Norway, 2007)
  • Winner of the Classical Brit Award in the category of Best Instrumentalist for 'Horizons' (England, 2007)


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