“Steinway pianos offer the richest vocabulary of sounds a pianist could wish for.”
Leif Ove Andsnes
One of the most successful pianists of the generation that came of age at the end of the twentieth century, Leif Ove Andsnes is particularly known for his attention to the music of his native Norway — particularly Grieg.
Andsnes studied at the Bergen Conservatory and tours frequently, collaborating with orchestras and conductors all over the world. He also performs frequently as a solo recitalist, accompanist, and chamber music participant. He tours as part of a piano trio with the violinist and cellist brother-and-sister team of Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff.
He is an exclusive recording artist with the EMI Classics label, on which he has presented a repertory with an unusual mix of well known and lesser known music. "I had a teacher who was always very conscious that one should play things that people don't normally hear as well and I find often that pianists are very conventional in their repertoire thinking. I like to explore new things that are not often done," Andsnes says. Alongside Rachmaninov's third concerto and works of Brahms and Schumann, he has made discs of piano music of Grieg, Janácek, and Nielsen, as well as a recital disc of Norwegian piano music.
Andsnes has been a Steinway Artist since 2001.
Photo: Özgür Albayrak