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.
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
@ 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 Kolstad 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"
Kolstad felt honored as he presented Café de Concert´s 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. Båtstrand and the rest of the orchestra got magnificant critics!! Kolstad also world premiered his 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 the musicians. The day after Kolstad had his 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
Gjør noe litt annerledes og originalt for de ansatte i firmaet ditt. Det verdensomspennende konseptet Café de Concert har base på Tjuvholmen i Oslo og tilbyr en ekslusiv konsert for ditt firma med Carnegie Hall-debutanten Aksel Kolstad. Pianisten, komponisten og humoristen har trukket fulle hus verden over med sine klassiske konserter ispedd humor og piano-virtuoseri. Nå kan dere oppleve ham i sitt eget konsert-galleri, med utsikt over havet. Café de Concert serverer champagne og legendariske pølser og lomper fra Kolstads hjemby, Fredrikstad. Og la oss nå ikke glemme minibasket-turnering etter konserten!
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9 mai kl. 18 bød Café de Concert på sin legendariske "Café de Concert Dinner". Dette er noe du ikke bør gå glipp av!
45 min klassisk konsert med påfølgende middag.
Sitronmarinert grønn asparges med creme fraiche og lakserogn
Kyllingfilet a la tonnato, med tunfisk og kapersmajones
Oksefiletrulade med glassnudler
Scampi og kamskjell marinert med chili
Tatakistekt salmalaks med wasabipurre
Sweet and sour cole slow-salat Ananas-kiwi-jordbær
Små Panna Cotta med bringebærcoulis Hvit og mørk sjokolademousse med passionsfrukt
PS: Vi har også Café de Concert Vorspiel- og Lunch-meny i tillegg til Pølse og Champagne-menyen vår!
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Since we just moved in to this fantastic neigbourhood in February we figured it would be cool to invite our neighbours to a mini-concert yesterday with a small party afterwords :) And so we did :)
Russian, Lithuanian, Canadian, South-Korean and Norwegian people embraced the concert with, no big surprise, the wonderful Trio Valentin :) And later that evening the new Norwegian Ole Bull, Bjarne Magnus Jensen, came and performed a showpiece for us!
All photos: Amanda O. Berg
Trio Valentin - a young prize winning pianotrio from The Norwegian Academy of Music had their first concert at Café de Concert on Apri 15th performing Brahms and Ravel pianotrios in addition to the Franck sonata for violin and piano. Oda Hilde, violin
Ivan Valentin, cello and Ole Christian Haagenrud, piano, performed like an already well experienced trio and rocked our crib like never before! Café de Concert is now embraceing this trio with the intention of shipping them to NYC and other cool cities around the globe for other great performances. Stay tuned, don´t miss their next performance at Café de Concert :)
Kolstad just had to give them a funky introduction;)
Then, the party started :)
Kolstad´s wonderful mum, allways in charge of Øyvind Karlsen pløser!
And yes, then it was time for the minibasketball-tournament :D
LIV GLACER (left), one of Norway´s greatest pianists of all time, and her wonderful sister!!
After touring once around the world with The Aksel Kolstad Show, Kolstad decided to come back to the roots where the show was created, in Oslo, one year ago this month!
Mother of Aksel, Kirsti Kolstad, is in carge of the wiener´s which are beeing served each concert!
Father of Aksel, Leon Hazen, chillin´ before the concert - makeing sure his son is ready Freddy, before "jump ball"
And after the concert everybody got Øyvind Karlsen wiener´s, champagne and participated in the traditional Café de Concert shoot-out and slam dunk minibasketball tournament! It was a wiiild ride! Check out our fanpage on facebook to see mindblowing videos!!
And SOMEBODY had a bit tooo heavy muscles so the hoop broke :D Scotch-tape to the resque!!
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