For the first time since the start of the pandemic, American audiences can see Leif Ove Andsnes live in concert this spring, when the celebrated Norwegian pianist reprises his interpretation of Britten’s Piano Concerto – hailed as “a revelation” (New York Times) – with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh (April 1 & 3) and Chicago (April 7–12). Andsnes also joins the Orchestre de Paris for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 (March 16 & 17), as heard on the first volume of his award-winning Sony Classical series, Mozart Momentum 1785/1786, of which the second is due for release on April 8. To complete his winter and spring lineup, the pianist plays Schumann’s Concerto on tour with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and in Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg and Stockholm, and gives European recitals both with French pianist Marc-André Hamelin and with Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, following the hugely successful release of their new Grieg song album, named January’s “Recording of the Month” by Gramophone.
Andsnes explains: “I have been used to spending a few weeks a year in the U.S. every year for the last 30 years, until I had to miss the last two years because of the pandemic. Needless to say, I am especially looking forward to my spring tour, and having the chance to meet my U.S. friends again and connect with the wonderful orchestras and audiences in Pittsburgh and Chicago.”