Masterclasseswith Prof. Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy

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45 min to 1 h

Piano mentoring at the highest level.

For five days, pianists Håvard Gimse, Bertrand Chamayou and Leif Ove Andsnes will work with selected Norwegian and international piano students who are at the beginning of their careers.  

Prof. Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy was established in 2008 and its founder, Prof. Jiri Hlinka, celebrates his 80th birthday this spring. He has been instrumental for the development of the Norwegian piano scene and has taught many of the most prominent pianists in Norway today. The professor came to Norway from the Czech Republic in 1972 and is referred to as Norway's great piano key wizard.  

"I met a Slavic bomb of a Czech that taught me that life and death is to be found in every single note", Leif Ove Andsnes has said. 

Both Gimse and Andsnes have themselves been mentored by Prof. Jiri Hlinka, and are artistic advisors of the academy, and like French mentor Chamayou, they are all sought-after soloists and chamber musicians with extensive international experience. 

These open masterclasses take place in Rasmussen Samlingene's venues, and they lead up to a Masterclass concert in Troldsalen, the concert hall at Edvard Grieg's home at Troldhaugen. At the concert, both masterclass participants and Hlinkas former students – Leif Ove Andsnes, Håvard Gimse, Christian Ihle Hadland and Geir Botnen – will participate on stage in the celebration of the professor's 80th birthday

Photo: Thor Brødreskift


Read more about the Masterclass concert Friday 31 May in Troldsalen at Troldhaugen.  

Leif Ove Andsnes and Bertrand Chamayou will also give a concert together Thursday 30 May in Grieghallen.

Håvard Gimse and Christian Ihle Hadland will both also give a free concert Monday 27 May at the Festival square.  

Time Schedule

Masterclasses with Leif Ove Andsnes
Monday 27 May & Tuesday 28 May
at 10:00–13:00 & 13:30–15:30
Duration: 1 h

Masterclasses with Bertrand Chamayou
Wednesday 29 May
at 10:00–13:00 & 13:30–16:15
Duration: 1 h

Masterclasses with Håvard Gimse
Thursday 30 May
at 10:00–13:00 & 13:30–15:30
Duration: 1 h

Masterclasses with Bertrand Chamayou
Friday 31 May
at 09:00–10:30*
Duration: 45 min
*Changed start and end time. Updated 20 May.


  • Leif Ove Andsnes, Bertrand Chamayou, Håvard Gimse piano, mentors

  • Gabriele Strata, Elisabeth Pion, Hao Wei Lin, Hyunji Kim, Nikita Khnykin piano, participants

In collaboration with

Prof. Jiri Hlinka Klaverakademi

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