Leif Ove Andsnes is a Norwegian pianist. He was born in Karmøy, Norway, in 1970 and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jiri 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 cites Dinu Lipatti, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Sviatoslav Richter, and Géza Anda among the pianists who have most inspired him. 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, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
He is an ardent champion of the works of Edvard Grieg.
Andsnes is one of the most respected classical pianists in the world today and has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy Awards four times (as of December 2004). He has won numerous awards, including the Hindemith-Prize (1987), Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (1997), Royal Philharmonic Society Award, (2000), and the Gramophone Awards – Instrumental Award, (2002, for Grieg’s Lyric Pieces).
In 2002 he played Grieg’s Piano Concerto at the Last Night of the Proms.
Also a renowned chamber musician, he holds the position of Artistic Director at the Risør Festival of Chamber Music.
Andsnes has made several recordings for Virgin and EMI.