Leif Ove Andsnes
Risør Festival of
Leif Ove Andsnes is a pianist born in Karmøy, and an ardent champion of the works of Edvard Grieg. He studied with Jiri Hlinka at the Bergen Music Conservatory and made his debut in Oslo in 1987, in Britain at the Edinburgh Festival with the Oslo Philharmonic in 1989, and in the United States with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi in 1990.
Leif Ove Andsnes has been nominated for the Grammy Awards seven times but as of December 2011, he has yet to win his first Grammy. He has won numerous other awards, including the Hindemith-Prize, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Royal Philharmonic Society Award, and the Gramophone Awards - Instrumental Award, (2002, for Grieg´s Lyric Pieces).
Also a renowned chamber musician, he helped found the Risør Festival of Chamber Music in 1991 and held the position of Artistic Director until 2010, reluctantly relinquishing the post after his live-in partner, Norwegian horn player Ragnild Lothe, gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Sigrid.
In November 2009, Pictures Reframed debuted at Lincoln Center´s Alice Tully Hall, in which Leif Ove Andsnes performed Mussorgsky´s suite accompanied by five hanging panels and a rear video projection by Robin Rhode. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Apple Store in New York City.