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33+1 – Beethoven/Hagen

Ingrid Andsnes piano

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Ludwig van Beethoven: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli
Lars Petter Hagen: Diabellicadenza

Ingrid Andsnes (born 1978 in Karmøy, Norway) is a highly accomplished pianist and one of Norwayʼs most endearingly passionate musicians.  Her love for music is just as inspiring as her joy in performing is striking. In 2015 she released her debut solo CD, the monumental «Diabelli variations» by Beethoven and «Diabellicadenza», written by the Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen.  She received huge acclaim from international critics and audiences, including the New York Times.  With this masterpiece as a springboard she performed in her Carnegie Hall debut the same year, receiving a standing ovation.

«My life got the prefect soundtrack»

Ingrid’s first encounter with the Diabelli Variations as a performer came directly after a very challenging period of illness: «I believe I had the Diabelli Variations ‘thrown at me’ because I needed exactly that music at exactly that time. I needed to play music that demanded so much power, strength, perseverance, endless dives into the music, with great technical challenges. Music that really push the envelope, beyond where you think it must end. I had to feel the passion, the great deep emotions, the vulnerability, and most important: the power. Reclaiming the control of unused muscles, strength and love. You could say that my life got the perfect soundtrack.»

«On this impressive recording, Ms Andsnes (…) plays Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, bringing clarity, rythmic élan, and a touch of quirky playfulness to this demanding, audacious yet often humorous work»
– Excerpt from review of the CD in New York Times, by Anthony Tommasini.

Ingrid has performed as a soloist with several Norwegian Orchestras, among them the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, and in 2010 she recorded Mozart’s piano concerto no. 12 with the Telemark Chamber Orchestra. In collaboration with a number of Norwayʼs finest musicians, such as Solveig Kringelborn, Arve Tellefsen, Håvard Gimse and the Norwegian Soloist Choir, Ingrid Andsnes has made a remarkable contribution to concert life, both nationally and internationally.  Being a popular festival musician, Andsnes has contributed at the largest classical music festivals in Norway, including Festspillene i Bergen, Ultima in Oslo, Oslo Chamber Music festival, Olavsfestdagene, Nordland Musikkfestuke and the Hardanger Music Festival.

In recent years Ingrid Andsnes has also enjoyed exploring the pianist’s role outside the traditional boundaries of classical music.  She has performed Ørjan Matreʼs “Duet for solo piano” – a work for piano and contemporary dancer –  written especially for her.  In 2013 she contributed to the play “33 Variations” by Moisés Kaufman, staged at Det Norske Teateret in Oslo, where she had a major role performing music from the «Diabelli variations».  She often collaborates in contemporary music projects, working with composers such as Marcus Paus, Julian Skar and Lars Petter Hagen.

Ingrid has studied with Professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and with Professor Jiri Hlinka at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.  She has won both national and international prizes, among them the Janáček Prize at the Firkušný Competition in the Czech Republic in 2003. Norway has awarded her several prestigious scholarships, among them a three year endowment from the Norwegian Stateʼs Artist Fund.