Celebrated pianist Leif Ove Andsnes returns to the UK in April for a performance at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Andsnes will be the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Antonio Pappano. He has been referred to as “an eminently sensual musician, an artist capable of grace and introspection” by the Financial Times whilst the BBC Music Magazine commented on "how hard it is to over-praise the vitality and distinction of this princely pianist." He received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award, the Gilmore Artist Award, four Gramophone Awards and seven Grammy nominations – including a nomination for this year’s Awards. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005.
Leif Ove Andsnes ranks among the leading classical performers of our time. He is not only brilliant; there is something more, something different about him: he is free. He has transcended the artistic ideal of the immense effort that culminates in the breathtaking performance. Instead he breathes. Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970 and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jiri Hlinka. Andsnes currently lives in Copenhagen and Bergen, and also spends much time at his mountain home in Norway’s western Hardanger area.