The New York Philharmonic has named pianist Leif Ove Andsnes The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence for the 2017–18 season. Mr. Andsnes’s residency will feature three concerto appearances and a recital, marking his only performances in New York City in the 2017–18 season.
Leif Ove Andsnes said: “What I love with these kinds of residencies is that you can engage with musicians and with the audience in a closer way, and you can show the diversity of your musical persona. I decided to revisit some lesser- known pieces that I performed a long time ago. I am particularly looking forward to spending so much time with the New York Philharmonic: I’ve had wonderful experiences on stage with this Orchestra. I was 27 the first time I played with them, and, my goodness, it was such a feeling of event for me. I felt tremendous support from the Orchestra. There is lyricism to the playing and diversity. And I think New York is my favorite city: I’ve been so welcomed over the years. It’s really an artistic home to me. I love the people and the directness of spirit.”
Leif Ove Andsnes begins his residency on October 12–14 and 17, 2017, with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, led by Paavo Järvi. Mr. Andsnes and Mr. Järvi’s previous collaborations include a recording of works by Shostakovich, and Enesco. The program will also include Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5.
On February 8–10, 2018, Leif Ove Andsnes will perform Britten’s Piano Concerto, conducted by Antonio Pappano. Mr. Andsnes’s recording of this concerto with Paavo Järvi and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was released in 1999 by EMI Classics (now Warner Classics), and Gramophone described his performance as “ravishing,” with Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, Organ, with Philharmonic organist Kent Tritle.
On April 26–28, 2018, Leif Ove Andsnes will perform Debussy’s Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra, led by Edward Gardner in his Philharmonic debut. Mr. Gardner and Mr. Andsnes’s previous collaborations include performances of Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway in January 2016. The program will also include Sibelius’s Pohjola’s Daughter and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. They will perform the same program at Long Island University’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on April 27, 2018.
Leif Ove Andsnes will conclude his residency with a recital on May 2, 2018, at David Geffen Hall. The program will feature Nielsen’s Chaconne; selected works by Sibelius; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17, Tempest; Schubert’s Two Scherzos, D.593; Jörg Widmann’s Idyll and Abyss; and Schubert’s Three Piano Pieces, D.946.
Leif Ove discusses his residency in a new video interview Here