The soloist in this year’s Closing concert with works by Festival composer Anne-Marie Ørbeck side by side with Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concert in A minor is Festival favourite Leif Ove Andsnes.
Andsnes became the youngest soloist at the Festival of Grieg’s concert in A minor at the age of 17. The Norwegian pianist has gained international recognition for his interpretations and outstanding technique. The New York Times named Andsnes "a pianist with elegance, power and insight", and the Wall Street Journal called him "one of the most gifted musicians of his generation."
Pianist Alice Sara Ott, who was announced as the soloist of Grieg’s Piano Concert in A minor has unfortunately had to cancel her performance at the Closing concert due to an injury.