A Classical Pioneer
Aksel Kolstad, pianist and composer - he had his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Now he is touring much in Asia and Europe. Aksel Kolstad, a Metier Artist in Residence, born 1981 in Oslo – Norway, completed his bachelor degree under Prof. Sigurd Slåttebrekk at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2006. He completed his master degree at the same adacemy and also with Prof Slåttebrekk, performing George Gershwin´s piano concertos. He has performed solo recitals in Tallinn, Latvia, Russia, Portugal, France, England, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland Mexico, Australia, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland. As a soloist with orchestra in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Norway. He is known for his virtuoso variations on historical music combined with humor / stand up.
Kolstad has performed in most of the biggest chamber music festivals in Norway and has also performed much in Estonia and Russia, where he has had a lot of TV and radio performances as well. He had his debut concert in Carnegie Hall in October 2010 with a full house and a standing ovation. Kolstad studied composition with Wolfgang Plagge and has since the age of 17 performed his own virtuoso works for piano solo in many countries all over the world already. He has also conducted many of his orchestral works. American press has called him “The New Victor Borge”. Swedish press has called him “The Franz Liszt of our time”.
“The Franz Liszt of our time” – Göteborgsposten
“Quentin Tarantino of classical music” – TIME Magazine
Café de Concert. A place where classical music melts with fantastic contemporary art. He first started Café de Concert in 2003 and in 2009 he opened the worlds first classical concert café, creating an urban buzz and creative marketing of classical music.
"The Franz Liszt of our time"
"The Quentin Tarantino of Classical Music"