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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:)
Sun, 2010-04-25 14:33

Kjære eventyrlige Madeleine!

I 2001 skrev jeg et eventyr om deg. Og senest i mars i år
så fortalte jeg eventyret til mitt publikum under en solo-konsert i Oslo.
Jeg er usikker på om du husker eventyret, så jeg tok det opp så du
kan få høre det her
I denne tøffe tiden du går igjennom så ville jeg bare få deg til å smile litt:)
Du vil alltid inspirere Korporal Kolstad, og jeg vil alltid være kjærlig tro mot deg gjennom kunsten!
Jeg er i New York og spiller et par konserter mellom 15 og 25 mai, om du har lyst til å treffes over en kaffe
hadde det vært eventyrlig!

Beste hilsen, din musiske Korporal Kolstad

Sat, 2010-04-24 14:30


The atmosphere was electric, the stories from the book "Momo", told by the wonderful drama-student Iselin Shumba, was dazzeling and the music simply flew out of our instruments. Bjarne Magnus Jensen and I started off with the funky Norwegian dance nr. 1 by Halvorsen. Then I played my Harlekin-variations (over Bach´s Goldberg Variations), then came Mozart´s 1st movement from his violinsonata KV 333, I played his famous solo sonata in B flat major (1st movement) and after Bjarne amazed the crowd with Ole Bull´s Mountain Visit we finished off with Svendsen´s Romance and Beethoven´s Spring sonata
(1st movement). Man, that was a blast! Can´t wait to invite everybody to the next house-concert at Casa del Musica;)
Great having you here, my dearest friends!!











Mon, 2010-04-19 21:30


Chamber music was originally made for small chambers. That´s why it´s important to actually hold chamber music concerts in small, private rooms from time to time, to not loose tradition. This time - is Friday, at my place. Everybody is welcome! I´ll be playing with my very good friend and the wonderful violinist Bjarne Magnus Jensen, who performed at my last house-concert along with the also well known violinist Catharina Chen. Bjarne and I will be playing Bach, Mozart and Beethoven in addition to some wine and an amazeing apple cake my mother tought me how to make. During my studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music I used to throw apple cake-parties almost every sunday, which could enclude poetry, chamber music - or massage, where everybody would give each other a good old massage to get the blood pumping. It´s time to get the apple cake concert-parties up and running again. Hm, maybe I should contact Apple.... C u there :) 7 pm at Bjerregaardsgt. 64 B, Oslo.





Thu, 2010-04-08 21:44


The life of a musician is actually much more exhausting than what I believe most people think in the first place. One aspect is of course all of the travelling and physical effect it has on the body, and no less when having to perform at the same time. But what I would like to emphasise is the amount of strength needed to play an entire concert, totally focused, and constantly having to flow over with enegry at the same time as produceing energy. In my mind it is really as hard as any other sport. Which brings me over to my very point - both musicians and others should see the sport in music, and the music in sports. In other words see the athletism in art, and the art in athletism. I am an athelete - that´s why I wear Nike!





Sun, 2010-03-28 21:12


Here you can listen to my entire program from wednesday´s concert:
www.akselkolstad.com/audio/music/logen

The recording was done by the magnificant tonemeister
Oscar André Lie Foss. Stay tuned for soon to come video-samples from the concert by the multimedia state of wonder Morgan Nicolaysen, who also took all of the photos from my previous blog.
Thu, 2010-03-25 19:53
I had an amazeing audience yesterday at the wonderful Gamle Logen in Oslo, Norway. We hit it off from the first moment - and I´d love to take them out on another date sometime very soon














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