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.  

How Bechstein seduced a full house at Café de Concert

IMG_4925We are thrilled to announce that there is a brand new Bechstein concert grand at Café de Concert thank´s to Trond Hellstrøm (Hellstrøm Piano & Flygel AS). Aksel is amazed by its countless magical surprises - and so was a completely packed and full house at our monthly get together on February 26th! Will we see you on the next one on March 26th at 7 pm? Aksel received a lovely present from Berit Nesse and Mozart after the concert!! IMG_4940  

Lawyers in the toilet and Germans posing

IMG_4593Lawerys from Bahr booked an "unforgettable" concert at Café de Concert earlier this month..... Yesterday I found these Germans while out and SUPing around.... IMG_4890   So I invited them in for coffee and concert (in the toilet, since the new grand piano hasn´t come yet) IMG_4891  

Til Erna Fra Nordic Harmony og Aksel Kolstad

IMG_4660 11.02.2015 Til Erna Solberg Fra Nordic Harmony og Aksel Kolstad. "Dette gjør faktisk en stor forskjell i hverdagen til de som har bygget landet du regjerer. Jeg inviterer deg herved til et møte på Café de Concert på Tjuvholmen for å snakke litt om kulturelle verdier i landet vårt, og for hvem vi bør gi det til, subsidiert av staten. I dag spanderte vi." IMG_4609IMG_4802

Back on track!

ufuxpu9mKXL0e7cR8Gn8eAnCkL-8Yi2wQESk3CpqdyE,sqdEE9zavBDVIpF35jgTHAT31XsA8GDTMrbbLeDcHo4,pJr4JCsoFE5g4zJS79fJnZfx7zawwpdCmZPayl_Jaqo,iuD-t4_P2K7Qqf0i38bzhYpF9DdD1-_Qj3ZoeoJN1GE,JIrkrIE6CarrDHlhXRf2d8n7zDTPh0s3g742gCysOTI   Aloha! Ever since after the Facebook-gig last november concerts and events at  Café de Concert completely exploded! Battleing all of them at the same time Mr. Coolstad shoved his head into the ground  thinking that the blog posts would create them selves....Oh well... Time to get giggy with it after a good "Christmas sleep"! So what does Aksel do? He goes surfing in the Carribbean Sea. I am sure he will keep us updated on THAT! Never the less.... a few photos from November December here at Café de Concert before we kick it off shortly with 2015 online! 1794630_10152486669161674_7010196056512010618_n10696359_10152495813921674_5277115033348168218_n10612958_10152483168121674_3027835055321345786_n10801593_10152470173031674_7619235812343874041_n10372288_10152478700186674_7016558809720352569_n10802071_10152449866591674_2574166179851774261_n10404453_10152441472266674_1475076506394191756_n1920375_10152412703031674_9182438854271107370_n10644796_10152412703086674_305878237087495194_ns

When Facebook knocked on my door

10659355_10152940374017150_2071018070130562348_n"That feeling when Facebook comes to Oslo and uses you and your concept/venue as an exemple on how to create and brand a concept!!" Cought us completely off guard.....!! Had a super nice choir concert with Cantare (from Fredrikstad, the capitol of Norway!!!!) last weekend! 10402750_10152391464466674_5994055845970697133_n Aksel also gave a concert for a a daycare center for the ones that built his country, he loves doing that! 10435721_10152409084521674_4480660524099176766_n And of yeah - we also had A LOT of shit that went down in the toilet...... 10169251_10152952544892150_7726380409782633795_n1800284_10152366232171674_6958803733212554052_n

Captain SUP

bilde Kolstad instructed 60 people last week how to SUP ! Nora also had to give it a go before the others, of cours! 10620791_10152344493676674_5985895941957292414_n   When is your company going to SUP with Aksel?10632892_10152344717226674_4728533604565730876_n  

Book release and orange concert

1381481_10152337480376674_3900738475395984325_nWe hosted yet another successful book launch on Tuesday, was a wonderful event where Aksel performed while the author Anne Kristine Bergem read from her book "Da pappa fikk kreft". All in collaboration with Kreftforeningen (Cancer-foundation in Norway).10629708_10152337487746674_3622047615029700208_n And on Thureday, we had our next door neighbours over for concert (?) - "" on the top of their feet after Aksel's performance!bilde  


10628589_10152328569321674_3526754887920687509_nCafé de Concert just after the doors opened, people came falling in the door to experience this NYC style launching of Jan-Erik Fjell´s new book! Rovdyret / The Predator. Success!10672177_10152328867106674_2860991066100901683_n

We´re on fire!!

10653555_10152299440401674_8292444756414880640_nAfter a magnificent summer holiday we started this semester with a big bang and hosted the Estonian President as he chose to locate his State visit to Norway to Café de Concert just before having dinner with His Majesty the King of Norway at the Royal Palace. Aksel is quite the celebrity in Estonia, the President also wanted Aksel to perform for him and his government colleagues - and so he did! Right before summer it was a REALLY hectic time for Café de Concert, hosting and customizing HUGE events like these below, amongst several other of the same caliber.....Stay tuned for more crazy Café de Concert events! 10441199_10152156804761674_4541005310581286594_n10592626_497775303659219_8883046434277612587_n10435942_10152648221232150_8281016786624924887_n10478189_10152636336157150_3070746841698000409_n Stay tuned for more crazy Café de Concert events! PS: are you coming to this one?!? Rovdyret---Cafe-de-Concert-3  

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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.

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