Leif Ove Andsnes

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Leif Ove Andsnes, Photograph by Felix Broede

Born in Norway in 1970, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has enjoyed a career spanning 20 years, performing at all the major concert halls with the world's leading orchestras.

Life and Music

  • Andsnes is famous for playing music by just about every composer, including Brahms, Grieg, Janacek, Britten. He has won awards performing all four of them.
  • He gave his first professional concert at the age of 17, but his big break came in 1989, with a successful US debut which led to concerts in Canada and Edinburgh with the Oslo Phil under Mariss Jansons. 
  • In May 2002, Andsnes was made a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav, Norway's highest award. A dedicated chamber music player, he has served as co-artistic director of the Risor Chamber Music Festival in Norway.
  • Andsnes has won six Gramophone Awards and has been nominated for eight Grammies.
  • Other prizes he has won include the 1987 Hindemith Prize, the Norwegian Music Critics Prize in 1988, the Grieg Prize in 1990, and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2000. 
  • He records for Sony Classical.

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