Sorry, Argerichfan - I am not in a position to book you for a masterclass.... (But if you get one tell him I'm probably one of his most devoted fans..
I am so glad to hear that some of you share my view of Andsnes as a very interesting pianist.
To me this fact is really special since I know this society where he comes from : The chance of becoming a religious fanatic or a drug-addict is much greater than the chance of becoming a musician when you live here....
But I am patriotic still, and I know the Andsnes family, they have and are still making a very important contribution to the musical education in the whole district - so there have been educated more pianists after him, allthough not as brilliant as him..
I have to disappoint you,I don't know Leif Ove - I have met him, though, and he's veeery nice and charming
(watch out girls, don't look too deep into his angel-eyes...).
Following his career has to me been like having a guide to piano-music and chamber-music, both what to listen to, what to play myself and other musicians to watch out for. Andsnes has a chamber-music festival in RisÃ¸r, Norway which is small and "cosy".
I think he's special because whatever he plays he has a very personal touch - and even if he plays an "overplayed" piece there is suddenly something there that I have never heard before. Also you can hear whenever he plays with (and especially when he also conducts) an orchestra that he's a true chamber-musician - knowing how to make the other musicians feel important and making their best . And of course - his Norwegian temperament speaks very directly to my heart.
(And he plays Shostakovich Polka from "Golden Age" at "Horizons" - and I think this piece is cooler on the piano than with an orchestra.),
Norma - if you are going to Norway I recommend this : http://www.kammermusikkfest.no/ontime.asp?lang=en