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:

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

Mon, 2010-03-22 19:59

Today I played through my solo-program in the wonderful concert hall at Gamle Logen, Oslo, where I will be performing on wednesday. I felt like on fire wearing the new Moods suit and Nike sneakers! And this concert hall is one of Norway´s oldest and finest! The famous Norwegian violinist Ole Bull once said it had one of the best acoustics he had ever heard. Jascha Heifetz and Vladimir Horowitz among other great legends, have also performed in this wonderful hall. So there lies an absolutely great atmosphere in the walls the audience can look forward to!

As I am on tour with "Kultur.Akershus" this month playing two or three concerts for school-children almost every morning, the days have been long and often very hard, but yet so very inspiering. Performing for children, and watching them respond to the music is priceless. And it is allways so very important to never let go of the child within one self! Especially when performing on stage. On wednesday I´ll be unleaching the child in my self, on stage - for you!

After the concert everybody´s invited for a drink at Engebret Café,
Oslo´s oldest restaurant, right next to the concert hall! We got our own space - and our own bar;) Hope to see you all there after the concert, too!

C u at Gamle Logen, wednesday 24th of March, at 7.30 pm :)

Sat, 2010-03-20 14:10

I just had to get a hold of this superfantastic new suit from Moods of Norway, and added a pair of supercool orange and white Nikey basketball shoes today. Putting on the basketball shoes brings back a lot of great memories from when my wonderful dad coached me many, many years ago. He was a wonderful coach, among so many other things! For those of you who didn´t know - he was actually the coach of Norway´s national team for many years. I want to bring the game back in to my life. Because I miss it a lot. So, I bring my game with me on stage...Game on! C u on court on wednesday;)

I love you dad!

Fri, 2010-03-19 21:30

Fri, 2010-03-19 21:15

Wed, 2010-03-17 18:43

Yesterday I landed in Nice, which was very nice, after a rather boring transit in Frankfurt (not the coolest place to be in the world of airports). But once I came to Nice my heart started to blossom! Man!! What a wonderful city!

I flew in with my very good friend and wonderful collegue, Bjarne Magnus Jensen (violin). And today we performed at the MIPIM International Congress in Cannes. We did some Halvorsen, Bull and Mozart´s supercool sonata in A major! After the gig Bjarne and I took a walk in the amazeingly huge congress hall and took a look at what it had to offer among all the men and women in black suits...I found a russian stand with an air-ballon that I liked very much...As well as another russian stand which represented the great castle in St.Petersburg, Tsarskoj Selo, where I performed a couple of years ago. I got a hold of some new contacts regarding future concerts in Tsarskoj Selo, looking forward to that!! I might actually perform there this June with some russian orchestra, performing Mozart and Gershwin concertos. Will keep you posted on that one:)

Heading back to Norway tomorrow - but not before hitting the nightclubs in Nice! Lunch in Monaco tomorrow of course....;)

Sun, 2010-03-14 12:27

I´d love you all to come and see my solo performance at
Gamle Logen in Oslo (Norway) on March 24th at 7.30 pm

I´ll be performing my newets works for piano
An evening with comedy and contemporary music!
This is the program:

La Follia
Variation on a theme by George Gershwin
Variation on a theme by Sergej Rachmaninov
5 surreal interpretations of 5 lyric pieces by Edvard Grieg
5 Goldfish-preludes
Deux morceaux fantasque

Tickets: 200/150/100 NOK is sold in Gamle Logen (tlf: +47 22332266)
or can be ordered online at (tlf: +47 815 33 133)

Hope to see you there:)

Thank you Musikk-Huset A/S for your sponsorship!
Sun, 2010-03-14 12:18

The circus is closed. Everybody went home. The streets are empty, and Harlekin has nowhere to go, his home has closed for the night. He strolls up the narrow streets, looking through window glasses. The rooms are all dark, everybody is a sleep. In the very end of the street lies a little café nobody goes to. Only Harlekin knows of it. He opens the café-door. A small candle is lit on one of the tables, next to a painting of Mona Lisa.

Harlekin smiles with tears in his eyes when he sees it. Mona Lisa knows Harlekin well. She likes when he comes to visit late at night. Next to Mona Lisa is an old piano. Harlekin sits down next to the piano and looks at the music lying on it. It´s the Goldberg-variations by Bach. Harlekin starts to cry. So does Mona Lisa. Halrekin starts to play. Then he looks at Mona Lisa and plays Bach the way she likes it.

Listen to Aksel Kolstad: Harlekins variations
(Live from the Fredrikstad Café de Concert-festival 2009)

Latest posts

2019 is blooming with lots of fun concerts and exciting plans! May will consist of concerts in Los Angeles, Iasi (Romania) and probably also Vigo (Spain). In April I wi...
November and December are so far equally as much on the stage as on the water. And I still believe I can fly, lol!...
Søndag steg ballongene til værs da Son Spa slo på stortromma og lot undertegnede få frie tøyler....risky business, men med et alltid uforglemmelig og vinnende utfall....
Playing on a truck driving through Transylvania in Romania, late September, is by far one of the craziest things I have ever done, what fun that was!!! Did a master cla...
Home court advantage at Vulkan Arena, playing for people from all over the globe in one set, presenting the music in Russian, Bosnian, Arabic, Italian and Hebrew, with...
Baba was presented to the Ukranian audience in words and music on May 19th in Kharkiv with Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra. He was honored as a legend, like the legend h...
Pops and I discussing the looks of the new place, business and new goals. And BOM, there you have it! Also - check out these articles / videos: The New Victor Borge? - ...
 So after 7 years at Tjuvholmen - I am moving the my pirate ship to Vulkan! Opening in oct/nov - stay tuned! However will hold the doors open at Tjuvholmen until Januar...
Som highlights from April and May... - Performed in Tallinn and tried to husstle afterwords at Tallinn Music Week - Checked out urban surfing in München - Tried make s...
 It´s out :) So happy! And a little proud! It is on Spotify, Tidal, iTunes etc. Go nuts, be a lunatic!! Read more about the project here....
"The Icebreaker". Warriors have had many looks throughout history. I fight for dead composers. Frozen reality is my battlefield. I break ice. Photo: The amazing Kilian...
 Just finished recording all of the music for my newest album, "Moonwalk", coming out in the beginning of April. I was able to record everything in two days at Café de...
 Alohaand what a wonderful January it has been! Got to plau in beautiful Ålesund with the kick ass violinist Ai-Ling Chiu. The concert was produced by the one and only...
The New York Cristmas Concert at Kulturkirken Jakob was nothing less but EPIC. Save the date for this year - December 21st 2017. ...
Avengers, ASSEMBLE! Has been a lot of great gigs this months, a lot of moderating included - which I LOVE doing! And ALWAYS with a little extra Kolstad surprise on the...
Many thanks to the wonderful Siri Rock and her Hadeland mafia from Norway who made sure I will never forget one of my most wonderful concert experiences abroad in so ma...
Had 150 people at my gallery on Tuesday! THAT, I guess, is what you can called PACKED :D I am always amazed of how this place seems to be so flexible for every differen...
Veldig stas å nylig bli signert av Plan B som en av 38 suverene artister i norsk underholdning! Check it OUT!! Her gjør jeg en photoshoot med den fabelaktike Kilian Mu...
3 x 75 minutter Kolstad-dynamitt nylig detonert fra scenen på Hjertens Kulturhus med konsertforedraget "Dare to be different" i starten av uken. For et fantastisk publ...