Leif Ove Andsnes, Norway, and Marc-André Hamelin, Canada, have both won numerous prizes, performed on countless stages and received acclaim worldwide for their music. In duo format their unique talents combine in perfect balance.
Their collaboration started in 2017 when they toured internationally together with a programme featuring Stravinsky's piano duet version of the Rite of Spring. The concerts were met with glowing reviews and resulted in a critically acclaimed album recording released in 2018. In Grieghallen, in addition to Rite of Spring, they perform works by John Adams, Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy.
It is a rare privilege to experience two major soloists performing together.
'Many are scared of this and feel vulnerable; the touch of any two pianists is different, two instruments may vary enormously and the sensitivity of the strings is bound to differ. Just getting timing and rhythm together can be very challenging,' commented Leif Ove Andsnes as the outset of the collaboration with Hamelin.
Now the Grieghallen audience can look forward to what the master pianists dared.
The orchestral version of Rite of Spring will also be performed during this year's festival – by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the closing concert on 08 June. Take this opportunity to hear two versions of Stravinsky's groundbreaking work.
Image: Leif Ove Andsnes (photo: Helge Hansen) & Marc-André Hamelin (photo: Sim Canetty Clarke)
Performance programme (pdf)