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Tue, 2011-08-09 15:38

Time to get funky, people...
Fri, 2011-07-29 20:59

A piece of my Norwegian heart to my Norwegian people

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZxnNyVWrj4&sns=fb

We were wounded in the heart of our country, but we will heal our country with the hearts of our people. Here is a piece of my heart to you all, my dear brothers and sisters.

Love, Aksel
Mon, 2011-07-04 19:20

Full house, lots of photos were sold, great party, wonderful people!




Read about the project here:
http://akselkolstad.blogspot.com/2011/06/ak-new-fragrance-of-art.html

See the complete series of art-photos here
http://blog.kraftimage.com/?p=643 Buy a photo? Contact Janne Kraft: jannekraft@gmail.com / +47 97633738









Mon, 2011-07-04 14:54
@ Radio Swedish Radio P4 with Stenungsund´s cheif of tourism Björn Johnson (left) and Robert "Gretchen" Aug (right)

After performing at the Swedish Chamermusic Festival in Stenungsund last week I performed on Swedish national radio (P4) and made Stenungsund beat the big city of Göteborg in a competition in between the two cities. Read more about it here "Världspianist stod upp för Stenungsund - skickade ut Göteborg i kvartsfinalen"
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=4168&grupp=15461

I was honored to present my wonderful Fredrikstad Chamer Orchestra for the Swedish audience at the opening concert where Jonas Båtstrand led them through Bartok´s 6 Rumanian Folkdances, Mendelssohn violin concert in d minor (with Båtstrand as soloist) and Tchaikovskij´s String Serenade. I also world premiered my newest piece for piano solo during that concert, "L´amour invisible". Full house and a very enthusiastic audience made the concert quite unforgettable for all of us musicians. The day after I had my solo concert at the same festival. Swedish press (Göteborgsposten) wrote this:

"Kolstad is often called to be the New Norwegian Victor Borge. I would rather call him the Franz Liszt of today"



PS: Fredrikstad Chamber Orchestra all fit in Café de Concert :D
Mon, 2011-07-04 14:44


Tom Wilhelmsen Stiftelse gave me a sponsor-prize worth 35.000 NOK approx one week ago!!
Thank you so much! Yet again you have contributed to makeing my concerts and projects around the world come true! I am deaply thankful for that. And not only on my behalf, but for other musicians you also sponsor, makeing it possible for their dreams to come true also. I will go in the artistic ring and swing my deadly lefty and make you proud!
Love, Aksel
Tue, 2011-06-07 15:08

Aksel Kolstad ved flygelet i "Naked with reason"
fra utstillingen "AK the new fragrance of art"

"Det er på tide å vise hva kropp og nakenhet kan representere og skape uten å kun spille på sex for å selge, som så mange andre artister og kunstnere gjør. Man må ha en dypere mening med å bruke kropp i musikkbransjen. Og i mine øyne er det få som har det." - Aksel Kolstad

"It´s about time to show what "body" and beeing naked can represent and create with out using sex just to market a product, as many artists often do. One must have a deeper meaning when using "the body" in music business. And in my eyes very few have that." - Aksel Kolstad

AK - the new fragrance of art
En grensesprengende og debatt-søkende fotovernissage om Aksel Kolstad. Fredag 24 september kl 20:00 på Café de Concert (Lille Stranden 4 på Tjuvholmen, Oslo)

Salg av signerte fotografier går til støttetiltak mot mobbing i samfunnet under slagordet "Dare to be Different"

Fotograf: Janne Kraft, Christian Fredrik Gustavsen
Medvirkende: Maryam Nour
Makeup: Sølvi Strifeldt

For mer informasjon ring 91 83 66 92 eller mail aksel.kolstad@cafedeconcert.no
www.akselkolstad.com www.cafedeconcert.no
Sat, 2011-05-28 15:54
I am so fortunate to have such a great team around me in St.Petersburg - the amazing Vitaly Vasiliev and his fantastic crew!
First off was a small concert performance where I played my newest composition, Étude Norvégienne, followed by a big show for kids about Mozart. Afterwords there was time for questions from the audience. And even the youngest ones all the way down to 7 years reached out for the open mic!! Was a great moment for me to get to talk to teachers, students and small children at the St.Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts!!
Natasja Smirnova - best norwegian/russian translater I have ever heard! So theatrical at the same time!! Perfect match!Got to play with Vladimir Shulyakovskiy, fantastic musician!

The day after we headed out to the amazing Marjino Manor where I played two concerts with the supercool mezzo Katarina and
the genious Stanislav!



And my biggest and oldest fan i Russia, the lovely Valentina, came to listen to my performance. She has been to almost EVERY concert I have played in St.Petersburg since I started to perform there a couple of years ago. Valentina, I am your biggest fan too And after the second concert was done, I could relax and go bananas :D
Tue, 2011-05-24 19:55

After the concerts in New York I did a small but funky Kolstad-recital at the Norwegian Seaman´s Church in San Pedro, before I put the money from the gig in my pocket

and hit the road - and ended up in Disnelyand :D





And oh, yes... I rented a Mustang Sally!!


Then after just three days in lala-land I sat my sorry ass on a couple of planes and FINALLY ended up in St.Petersburg!! Concerts here tomorrow and the day after :) Will be cool. I live next to the Kazanskij Kathedral
Sun, 2011-05-22 17:35

Once again Musikk-Huset´s New York Music Series kicks ass in Manhattan!!!!!

Grøndahl: Scherzo


Grieg: Eit Syn, Ved Rondane, En Svane, Vaaren, En drom


Kolstad: Rachmaninov-variations, 5 Étude Norvégienne


Grieg: "Haugtussa" for trompet and piano


A full house for Nils Georg Haugland Nilsen - tenor, Sam Nester - trompet, Ingunn Elisabeth Tennøe, Heegan Lee and Aksel Kolstad - piano/host

All photos: Jostein Røraas
Tue, 2011-04-26 15:39

Photo: Jörg Wiesner/Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Performing in the brand new Opera in Oslo is something special. Especially when you do it "your way".
(all photos: Trine Sirnes)

Which was a "way" the audience seemed to appreciate very much. The Aksel Kolstad Show had over 600 on their feet by the end of my two last virtuoso show-pieces, "Deux Mourceaux Fantasque".


An amazing crowd I fell completely in love with. After I walked out from the stage I thought to my self - my green room backstage won´t fit everybody....so I figured I´d go out in the lobby and meet them all instead
mama and papa

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