27 Apr

Carnegie Hall debut coming up!

Great news today: My Carnegie Hall debut recital is all set up! Please join the crowdfunding campaign on the link, it is very much appreciated!

I am already the proud recipient of Nils Larsen bequest 2016 (Nils Larsens legat) and All Classical Portland is kindly sponsoring me. Nevertheless, there are still expenses unpaid in connection with this great step. If you care about piano playing, romantic music and beautiful sound and phrasing, I invite you to join me on my way to Carnegie Hall 2017!

Thanks so much!

Here is my program:
DCINY Artist Series

Christina Kobb, Piano

Clara Schumann (1819-96): From op. 6, Soirées Musicales (1834-36) Toccatina, a minor

Franz Schubert (1770-1828): Sonata, a minor, D. 537 (1817)

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Drei Phantasiestücke, (1861 – later published as Vier Stücke, op. 1)

Clara Schumann: op. 5, Quatre Pièces caractéristiques (1833-36)
I Impromptu: Le Sabbat
IV Scene Fantastique: Le Ballet des Revenants

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Robert Schumann (1810-56): Sonata nr. 1, op. 11, f-sharp minor (1832-36)

Franz Liszt (1811-86)/Robert Schumann: Liebeslied, S566/R53, “Widmung”
Liszt’s arrangement of the first lied of Schumann’s op. 25, Myrthen

As you can see, I am presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York and my crowdfunding campaign is run by Soaring Dreams via Kickstarter.

04 Apr

Video presentation of my programs

As an alternative to mailing concert programs around the globe, I just thought I’d show you a few glimpses of my concerts and lectures!


Please feel free to share it with your contacts!

For bookings, please contact christina[a]fortepiano.no

Blackbear Music InternationalThe video has been produced in collaboration with Blackbear Music International. Do visit their website for more instructive videos on piano playing and other musical subjects!


15 Jan

Music moves – free online course!

The University of Oslo has produced a free, online course, starting 1 February, called MUSIC MOVES! My hands are featured in one of the videos :) To learn more about the relationship between sound and movement, and why some kinds of Music make you want to move, please sign up via this link – you can also see a trailer for the course here: Music moves

15 Dec

New video out!

After the success of my first video, Jonathan Eder of Portland Community Media has produced a video where I demonstrate early piano technique on a modern piano.

Enjoy the video!


05 Dec

US Introduction Tour

Back from the Introduction tour – and a rare experience of meeting so many new people in such a short time! Thankful for all the nice feedback and for everyone I met!

I started out with a few days at Cornell University, NY, where I studied during 2009/10. Professors Bilson and Moseley kindly gathered their students and let me lecture to them! Plus, I had a “trial concert” at the exceptional Bluether grand of ca. 1876.

Portland IIPortland, OR, was up next, and specifically the radio station All Classical Portland. Those three days were hectic, especially so as I had caught a bad flu during the delayed flights! Anyway, I started out with a studio concert, broadcast directly on the radio and via streaming. On the second day, we were off to the beautiful Nordia house owned by Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, with a great audience of about 200 people. Many showed up even on the third day, when we spent all Saturday afternoon discussing piano technique!Portland j






My visit got a review in the Oregon Artswatch and the local TV station Portland Community Media TV /Jonathan Eder produced an hour-long programme which was aired locally and is now available on You Tube.


Invited to the renowned Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University/Marthin Luther King Library, I was eager to fly to San Jose! My lecture demonstration was entitled Piano Playing in the Early 19th Century: Reconstructing a Practice of the Past.

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On the following day, I got to teach the piano class of Dr. Gwendolyn Mok at SJSU, instruct Beethoven’s op. 11 (trio) and observe the piano class studying for their performance of Gerschwins Porgy and Bess for 10 pianists!

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The piano students are practising the Viennese touch of the 1820s!
Photo by Dr. Mok.





After one day’s fantastic sightseeing in San Francisco and a concert at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, I headed to New York, where I had the pleasure of staying at Music & Mentoring House. Opera Diva Lauren Flanigan is the fantastic host of that house, and she even invited me to partake in a concert where she and her impressive students performed – just to tell everyone about PianoShelters! Aww, that was so sweet! Read all the concept here (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/idea-organisation-piano-shelters-christina-kobb).


The remaining days were spent at instrument Collections of Yale University and Duke university respectively, giving house concerts in Connecticut and in Durham, NC, – and on planes :) Oh, and I gave an interview which I hope will appear in not too long, and I got to be at the recital of Leif Ove Andsnes in Carnegie Hall!

Don’t blame me if I say I hope to be back one day :)

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27 Oct

November visit to the US

I’m preparing for my upcoming trip and would love to meet you at any of these events!

30. October-3. Nov: Study days at Cornell university, NY.
Welcome to the unofficial run throughs of my SJ lecure and Portland programs:
2. November, 4-6pm: Lecture (Piano playing in the early 19th Century: Restoring a practice of the past). Barnes hall, Green Room.
3. November, 7.30pm: Full concert (the Portland programs for 5 and 6 Nov; Grieg, Tellefsen, Chopin, Schubert, Hummel)

5.-7. November: All Classical Portland, OR

9. November at 3.30pm: Public lecture presentation at the Beethoven Center, San Jose State University

11. November at 6pm: Piano recital at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church of San Francisco Sjømannskirken, San Francisco Grieg, Tellefsen, Chopin.

15. November at 1pm: Piano recital at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church of New York. Grieg, Tellefsen, Chopin.

17. November: Visit to the instrument Collection at Yale university. Private house concert in Connecticut. Please contact me for details!

20. November: Private house concert in Durham, North Carolina. Please contact me for details!

15 Oct

Music + Practice, vol. 2

In 2013, Erlend Hovland, Arnulf Mattes and I founded the online web journal Music + Practice. The second issue is finally out! Let me recommend, in particular, the contribution by celebrated pianist Håkon Austbø, on Messiaen. Read, watch, listen, think! This is not ‘merely’ an article, it is communication in the shape of text, sound, video, analyses and … colours. Enjoy!

Read Music + Practice