"Franz Liszt of our time"
- Gothenburg Post
"Quentin Tarantino of classical music"
- TIME Magazine
"The New Victor Borge"
- American press
Pianist and Entertainer, Norway
Aksel Kolstad, pianist and composer - 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, Ukraine, Poland. As a soloist with orchestra in Russia, Polenand, Ukraine, Hungary. 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”.
His concert gallery in Oslo:
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.
Selection of Programmes
The Aksel Kolstad Show
Historical and contemporary virtuoso piano music combined with stand up comedy à la Victor Borge (Danish musician and comedian). The contemporary music is written by Aksel Kolstad.
Solo piano students or chamber music.
Norwegian Fairy tales and Aksel’s Time Machine
Part 1: Melodrama for narrator and piano, stories about a young Viking boy searching for a magical waterfall.
Part 2: Mozart in costume and character (for older children and with several musicians)
Soloist with orchestra
Piano concerto written and performed by Aksel Kolstad (also conducted if needed). An example:
Concerto pour piano et orchestre, Opus 45 (ultimo 2014/primo 2015)
Allegro - Adagio - Allegro (Presto)
(Cadenza I: senza nome, Cadenza II: Intermezzo, Cadenza III: La Pluie)