Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on Tour in Germany and Scandinavia

Mariss Jansons | Leif Ove Andsnes


February 2011 - February 2011


ICA has just completed a very successful tour to Germany and Scandinavia with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [RCO]. The RCO under the guidance of their Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons and with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, gave exhilarating performances in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. All five of the concerts were complete sell-outs; the RCO was greeted with rapturous applause every night from the attentive Nordic audiences and for Norwegian Andsnes, the performances were something of a very welcome homecoming. Repertoire which was performed throughout the week-long tour included Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 24 in C Minor, Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 2, Strauss’s epic Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7 described by Wagner as “The Apotheosis of Dance”.

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“A truly integrated and beautiful orchestral sound... What a fantastic, luxurious shimmering string tone.”

Svenska Dagbladet - Feb 2011

“Star conductor Mariss Jansons and the Concertgebouw Orchestra refine Wagner in the Musikhalle… The sound of the world's best symphony orchestra.”

Welt Online - Feb 2011

“Unique tonal image. Concertgebouw belonging to the top.”

Sweden Daily News - Feb 2011

Sunday 6 February 2011, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, 20.00

W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor, K491 (31')
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R. Wagner Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde (17')
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Op 59 (22’)

Monday 7 February 2011, DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, 19.30

J. Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (46')
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L. v. Beethoven Symphony No 7 (36')

Tuesday 8 February 2011, Oslo Opera, Oslo, 20.00

J. Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (46')
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R. Wagner Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (17')
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier: Suite, Op 59 (22’)

Wednesday 9 February 2011, Oslo Opera, Oslo, 20.00

G. Rossini Overture L’Italiana in Algeri (9’)
W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto in C Minor, K491 (31')
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L. v. Beethoven Symphony No 7 (36')

Friday 11 February 2011, Stockholm Concert Hall, Stockholm, 19.30

J. Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major, Op 83 (46')
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R. Wagner Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (17')
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Op 59 (22’)

Photo Albums

Concertgebouw Orchestra (4 photos)

Mariss Jansons, Conductor (5 photos)

Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano (1 photos)


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Mariss Jansons, Conductor

“The most important thing is absolute commitment to the orchestra.”

With these words, Mariss Jansons recently described his role as Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a position he has held for the last five years. He is the sixth conductor to have held this post since the orchestra was founded in 1888. Originally from Latvia, Jansons studied violin and conducting in Leningrad, and continued his studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and with Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg. In 1973, Jansons was appointed Mravinsky’s assistant with the St Petersburg orchestra, which Jansons’s father Arvīds had also conducted. From 1979-2000, he served as Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing it great international acclaim. He has made numerous appearances throughout the world as a guest conductor of the Berlin, the Vienna and the London Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the leading orchestras in the US. He was appointed Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1997 and Music Director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2003. He relinquished his post in Pittsburgh in 2004 to assume the position of Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, having previously made guest appearances with the RCO practically every year since his first performance with the orchestra in 1988. Jansons has received various distinctions for his achievements, including the Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, conferred on him by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. Latvia’s highest honour, the Three-Star Order, was conferred on him in 2006.


Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano

The Wall Street Journal has called Leif Ove Andsnes, “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation,” while the New York Times has described him as “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won worldwide acclaim. As well as giving recitals and playing concertos each season in the world’s leading concert halls and with the foremost orchestras, he is also an active recording artist, as well as an avid chamber musician who has joined select colleagues each summer at Norway’s Risør Festival of Chamber Music.

Among the many highlights of Leif Ove Andsnes’s 2010-11 season are two important residencies: As Artist in Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, he performs five diverse programs including chamber music, Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 2 with conductor Bernard Haitink, and a solo recital. He will also serve as Artist in Residence with his hometown orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, where he will perform three programmes.

Andsnes’s concerto performances this season include Mozart’s Concerto No 24 with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Herbert Blomstedt, as well as this tour with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He also performs Brahms’s Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti in his first season there as Music Director, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi in Paris and Vienna. In April, Andsnes begins an extensive recital tour with performances in Boston, Chicago, and New York’s Carnegie Hall, before returning to Europe for performances in Rome, St Petersburg, Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, Hamburg, Geneva, and other cities.

As an exclusive EMI Classics artist, Andsnes has recorded more than thirty discs spanning repertoire from Bach to the present day. He has been nominated for seven Grammys and awarded many international prizes, including four Gramophone Awards. Last season he released Shadows of Silence, featuring a work of the same name by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen and French composer Marc-André Dalbavie’s Piano Concerto. (Andsnes gave the world premieres of both works, at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the BBC Proms respectively). Other repertoire on the disc includes solo works by Kurtág, and Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto recorded live with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.

Leif Ove Andsnes has received Norway’s most distinguished honour, Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav. In 2007, he received the prestigious Peer Gynt Prize, awarded by members of parliament to honour prominent Norwegians for their achievements in politics, sports and culture. Andsnes has also received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award. Saluting his many achievements, Vanity Fair named Andsnes one of the “Best of the Best” in 2005.

Andsnes was born in Karmøy, Norway in 1970, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jiři Hlinka. Over the past decade, he has also received invaluable advice from the Belgian piano teacher Jacques de Tiège, who like Hlinka, has greatly influenced his style and philosophy of playing. Andsnes currently lives in Copenhagen and Bergen, and also spends much time at his mountain home in Norway’s western Hardanger area. He is a Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, a Visiting Professor at the Royal Music Conservatory of Copenhagen, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In June 2010, he achieved one of his proudest accomplishments to date: he became a father for the first time.


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Soon after its establishment in 1888, the Concertgebouw Orchestra developed into one of the best orchestras in Europe. “Really magnificent, full of youthful vigour and enthusiasm” as Richard Strauss described it in 1897. The Orchestra was granted Royal status in 1988. It has made more than 1100 LPs, CDs and DVDs and is regarded worldwide as one of the most prestigious symphony orchestras. The fact that it has been led by only a limited number of chief conductors has played a decisive role in this development.

The RCO is a symphony orchestra of international renown, whose character has been shaped by several generations of musicians, longstanding collaboration with each of the six chief conductors and the unique acoustic properties of the Concertgebouw’s Main Hall.

The Musicians: An Unique Culture

The Orchestra has gained its unique international position with its ‘velvet’ strings, ‘golden’ brass and the exceptional and personal timbre of the woodwinds. The musicians are the guardians of the playing culture that gives the Orchestra its unique sound and flexibility. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra consists of 120 virtuosos who perform together at the highest level.


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