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

 

03 Jul

Urban Cultures at the Crossroads

I am making plans to participate at the Conference Urban Cultures at the Crossroads in Dubrovnik, 14-18 September. An inter-disciplinary focus on improving (urban) living conditions and how culture, art and academic competence may serve communities are the reasons for my attendance. Do join us!

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30 Apr

Masterpieces – contemporary music at the National Library

A focus on Norwegian contemporary music at the National Library in Oslo, initiated by Christina Kobb and Wolfgang Plagge. Nils Henrik Asheim’s  Miranda alone for viola solo was premiered by Eivind Ringstad:

Masterpieces is a collaboration between Barratt Due Institute of Music, the National Library  and Norwegian Composers . See all videos from the concerts at the VIMEO-page for the National Library