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Fri, 2010-05-14 16:43


I attended a photo exhibition two days ago, met some cool people from Tallin and told them I was touring Estonia. Unfortunately they weren´t able to attend any of my schedueled concerts in Tallin, Sagadi, Tartu or Pärnu. So - we came up with the idea of makeing a midnight-concert on the 13th somewhere in Tallin, so they would be able to attend the concert. I talked with a new and wonderful friend I just met a couple of hours earlier, the extraordinary and talented Helen Lõhmus (which actually was the one who envited me the exibithion in the first place) and within the day, she had found a perfect location for our spontanious-made concert, and by the end of the following day, there were 96 attending on the concerts facebook-event. Just after my performance in Pärnu on the 13th, my supercool manager for the Estonia-tour drove me 1,5 hours straight back to Tallin, I came to the dance-studio at two minutes to midnight - and then one of the coolest concerts I have ever played flew through the night with an amazeing crowd of at least 120 people! Can´t wait to come back to Tallin in July! Helen - you rock!

Fri, 2010-05-14 16:30


A full house with an audience who gave me so much energy made even the weather Gods respond to the music.
Sunshine, rain, thunder and lightening danced along my performance outside the windows of creativity on stage.
The solo concert soon became an interesting chambermusic concert for piano, sun, water and natural electricity...mindblowing,
I´ll never forget it! And what a magnificant Estinoa grand piano it had...!!!


Tour Manager in thinking-mode...





Fri, 2010-05-14 16:20


Something happenes when you drive in to Tartu, some magic clock says stop - and you float around between space and nowhere. Which is a great feeling! One I gladly took with me into the University Hall on May 12th, a most outstanding concert hall with fantastic acoustics and a marvellous Steinway D-model. This place used to be the hottest hall to perform in in these parts during the Soviet-time, I can understand why. But not why it isn´t marketed better these days. That remains for me a mistery. But what a great time I had performing in that hall...I completely forgot time and space....



Tue, 2010-05-11 08:33


The Norwegian Embassy envited me to do a concert performance under their galla dinner at the well known Olympia Hotel in Tallin. Great fun, lots of interesting people - GREAT FOOD!!!!











Mon, 2010-05-10 21:00


If you´re in Tallin you need to check out this supercool café/restaurant, run by Priit Kuusik and his world famous wife and model Beatrice, check out www.agencybeta.ee. I believe she is the coolest model, with insanely cool ideas, I have ever met!
Here you get home made gourmet food - and the best breakfast you have EVER had!











Sun, 2010-05-09 22:05

"Pikk" means something quite special in Norwegian...


"Segway" - the new way to go sightseeing!




Wonderful friends!!


Look what I found wondering in the streets of Tallin!!?? Kristin Dahle - head of Innovation Norway for the Americas.... :)
Sun, 2010-05-09 21:21




The wonderful lady of the house gave me tulips after the concert
This cat knew when there was a photographer nearby....

Annely Abel, my wonderful Estonian manager - and the the photoloving cat...



Aksel: Look, Annely - one day I will perform on the moon!
Annely: Keep dreaming, Aksel - dreams do actually come true....

Sun, 2010-05-09 09:07

The outastanding sporano and superior art-warrior Pille Lill







One and a half hour north of Tallin lies this manor which I think should be called for a castle! A true spa treatment for the eyes! Some good Estonien friends of mine showed up at the concert to my surprise, and also some great people from yesterday came for the second time. I feel so honored to perform for so many wonderful persons here in Estonia. Unfortunately the manor didn´t have a grand piano (yet), but with the help of a skillfull pianotuner from Tallin I did the best I could trying to make magic with the musical keys of the house. What great energy that manor gave me! And this manor will be encluded as the first collaborating manor to Café de Concert´s Nordic Chambermusic Center in Norway (Elingaard, Fredrikstad), this beeing concluded after a wonderful chat with the lady of the house after the concert. I will actually be returning to this wonderful place this July for inspiration and recreation. So should the rest of the world...

Today is my day off here in Tallin. The weather is a bit grey, but one must not forget that grey is also a nice color produced by the artistic rainbow! I´ll be doing a long work-out before hitting the sauna and jacuzzi, then strolling around this magical old town and meeting up with friends at the opera later to hear soprano Pille Lill sing Prokofiev! Looking very much forward to that!!



Sat, 2010-05-08 09:51


Yesterday I performed in the wonderful Tallinna Mustpeade Majas. A concert hall which has held concerts for more then 500 years! The team around me here in Estonia, under the wonderful leadership of Annely Abel, is absolutely amazeing. The extraordinary soprano and artistic warrior Pille Lill is a great inspiration for me, and her daughter Leelo has so much experience of manageing concerts and art in general that this smells a wonderful cooperation with Café de Concert in the future! The hall was packed with people and the acoustics were superfantastic! I am staying at the luxurious Telegraf Hotel in the heart of the old town in Tallin. The first thing I heard over the sterio walking towards my royal-like hotelroom was the "Trout quintet" by Schubert...I thought to my self: I am at home! Today I had a lovely breakfast in the Tschaikovskij-room, where they have house concerts every month. People, this is the place to be! My program for the tour is the same I performed in Oslo on March 24th, which at the Carnegie Hall concert in October will be reffered to as "The Aksel Kolstad Show" - with my newest compositions for piano and stand up comedy. Next concert will be at Sagadi Moisas tonight at 6 pm in Sagadi Manor. Can´t wait:)



Fri, 2010-05-07 03:31

Last night I was awarded with the prestigious Kjell Bækkelund-award for 2010.

It was a magnificant evening, arranged and hosted by Bækkelund´s wonderful Brita Rosenberg, which I will never forget. I performed one of my solo pieces for piano, the first movement of Beethoven´s Spring sonata for violin and piano (with Bjarne Magnus Jensen), 1st movement of Mozart´s piano concerto nr. 11 and finished off with Gershwin´s Rhapsody in Blue. The two last pieces with the supercool Fredrikstad Chamber Orchestra. Bækkelund would have been 80 years yesterday, and it was a true honor for me to recieve his prize on his birthday. Kjell Bækkelund, one of the finest artists we have ever had in Norway! The prize was 100.000 NOK (approx 16.000 USD) - more than enough to finance my solo debut in Carnegie Hall in New York on October 10th this year! Brita, you have inspired me more than you can imagine! I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and can´t wait to see you in Carnegie Hall!!

Now it´s off to Estonia for a solo tour with my newest compositions for piano solo - plane leaving in a couple of hours, got to get moving:)

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