Café de Concert
Today - Café de Concert has become the atelier and concert gallery of the young and multitalented pianist and composer Aksel Kolstad. It took him 10 years to brand this concept and turn it into one of the most original and innovating classical concepts in the world. Here´s the story behind...... The Idea The origin and still driving force behind Café de Concert is to present classical music to a larger audience. The genre has by no means the same appeal as pop, rock or jazz. Creating a more relaxed atmosphere, and not to forget Kolstad´s magical ability to present classical music with humor and showmanship, it all results in a more intimate and fun concert format than the traditional solemn style. The idea that classical music can once again become popular music, the way it once was, is the motivation behind the concept Café de Concert. Classical concerts at cafés – Café de Concert recruits musicians, both students and professionals, to play classical music for the people. The goal is to stimulate as well as strengthen everyone’s interest in classical music. The level of musicianship is high, and with a relaxed, positive atmosphere, between the pieces, it is possible to have a cup of coffee, have something to eat or perhaps talk with the person sitting beside you. Café de Concert is an arena for all creative arts. In addition to musical performances, there are regular arts exhibitions and ballet/modern dance performances directed by CdC.
Yo guys! Kolstad will be opening a new place for Café de Concert - 150 m2 right next to the Astrup Fernley Museum in Oslo (Tjuvholmen) on April 18th at 8 pm. Save the date, it will be a blast! BMW will be exhibiting a new car every month inside Café de Concert and there will be lots of cool photo and painting ehxibitions in HUGE dimensions in addition to lots of fun concerts. And yeah - Kolstad be hanging on the walls on the opening, of course :D
Café de Concert had the honor of introducing the wonderful artist painter Meriliis Rinne in Norway for the first time! With her came also her supercool pr agent Kelli Tudeberg. Kolstad performed some of his newest works for piano solo...and then the party started :) Was a full house! Feel free to pop in and take a look at the supercool exhibition, the paintings will blow you away:) Check out Merilii´s website here.
Hi, gus! Would just like to make you aware of my good friend and wonderful pianist Andrijana Vuckovic´s music academy for up and coming youngsters! Andrijana has such an enthusiatic way of teaching that all of her studens blossom in the split of a second!
Got a kid or know somebody that´s keen on starting to lern the piano in Oslo? Tell her I said hi;) All the best, Aksel :)
Take a look at Kolibri Musikkakademi´s video presentation HERE
Andrijana Vuckovic, pianist and piano teacher
phone: +47 96 88 03 64
What a supercool festival we just finished tonight with the magnificant Trio Valentin playing Beethoven and Ravel like Greek Gods! Had a couple of funky concerts in Fredrikstad and Halden also
before hitting it off in Oslo - with a flashy style...
Thank you, everybody, for a wonderful festival at Tjuvholmen - the artistic district of Oslo! Here are some photos from a couple of the concerts!
Best festival audience 2011 goes to Berit and Berit :)
Rest of the photos by Patrick Nicanor Oldenborg
Café de Concert YouTube Channel
The history of Café de Concert
Café de Concert began a few days before the 19th of June 2003 when Aksel Kolstad together with a colleague performed live on Midt i Musikken, a classical music program on NRK radio P2. During the program, the trial concert was announced, to be held at Kastanjen restaurant on Bygdøy Allé in Oslo.
Visit the old Café de Concert media centre HERE