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.  

Harlem Shake at Café de Concert

En annerledes pianokonsert på Café de Concert Aldersgrense 60 + Legetimasjon vises i døra! 


Klokken: 16:00

Dato: Lørdag 13. April

Sted: Café de Concert, Tjuvholmen allé 25

Pianisten og humoristen Aksel Kolstad inviterer til en flygelkonsert litt utenom det vanlige. Aksel spiller, kåserer og underholder i en

 annerledes og unik form for stand up i en halvtimes tid.

… Etterfulgt av kveldens store twist:

Vi skal kaste oss på det verdensomspennende fenomenet ”Harlem Shake” og filme vår versjon som senere skal legges ut

på youtube-siden på internett. Ta med deg et morsomt kostyme eller en rekvisitt og noen glade dansetrinn! Nå skal vi lage den

tøffeste Harlem Shaken som noen gang er laget!

Signaturmenyen vil bli servert; pølse i lompe og champagne på boks.

Påmelding skjer på mail til eller på telefon

til 920 56 695. Førstemann/kvinne til mølla.

En liten videosnutt på rundt 1 minutt
- En gruppe med mennesker filmes i en ”vanlig” setting i 10-15 sekunder med kjenningsmelodien i bakgrunnen etterfulgt av et skifte/nytt klipp som
filmer de samme menneskene ”ta av” i form av dans med kostymer, masker og alt de har funnet på av morsomme sprell.
- Harlem Shake har de siste månedene vokst seg til å bli et verdensomspennende fenomen på internett.
Folk lager sine egne små videosnutter i alle tenkelige versjoner og laster den så opp på fildelingssiden
- Venner, arbeidsplasser, idrettslag og alle tenkelige grupperinger av mennesker verden over har kastet seg på bølgen.
- Filmen har absolutt ingen mening, kun en sterk humoristisk undertone.
- Opprinnelig en dansestil fra Etiopia, kalt Eskista/Esketa, som i senere tid ble adoptert av en dansegruppe i Harlem, New York.
- Noen linker til hva andre har funnet på før oss:
 Klikk her, her eller her

UMM musicians at Cafe de Concert for the first time

Elfi Marie Øhre Marcussen, cello Joseph Haydn cellokonsert i C major, Allegro Molto. Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson, gitar Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Prelude no. 4 Xixi Marlene Karlstrøm, piano Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie no. 11 i a minor Seeing this photo brings me back in the days....when Cafe de Concert a concert café /concert venue with classical concerts EVERY day...boy, did I work my ass of when I was a student!!!

What a blast!!

Full house at Aksel´s "get together" last night! And what a blast we had!! He fired it up with a musical story about "a boy who couldn´t tell the difference between reality and fantasy, and as an adult never did either...." Wonder who THAT could be....?? Text and idea by Mr. Crazypants, music by Scubert, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Mr. Crazypants. Trio Mingo had a surprise performance for a much pleased audience playing 1st and 2dn movement from the Arensky piano trio!! Earlier that day they also showed up during opening hours at Café de Concert and performed the pieces to give Aksel a pleasant surprise. Aksel loved it, and of course invited them to play at the get together! What a qute story!

Music of Norway - classical music store is open

"Music of Norway", a classical music store is now open at Café de Concert. Standard repertoire and contemporary music on CD or on sheet music. Musikk-Huset is still alive. Come buy your christmas CD here!

New and improved

Ready set - play! Fantastic "get together" and vernissage with photographer Natalia Pipkina yesterday, huge turnout! New floor, new sound proof roof, basketball court on the floor, new photos, new christmas edition in the body shop concert toilet, DJ in the house, new BMW, NEW BOSTON GRAND PIANO from Steinway Piano Gallery....we had a blast. Hope to see you next time, will proooobably be one more go befor christmas :) 

Makio, prima ballerina from the Opera in Oslo - gave me her shoes from last nights performance. I was STARSTRUCK!!!!!

Prix Café de Concert

Last weekend Aksel hosted the superfinal of the Norwegian National Classical Music Competition "UMM", also beeing the front figur of the whole competition he made sure both the competitors and the audience would never forget this year´s competition. Cause Aksel did it - his way. He also performed and entertained the crowd with unthinkable things in a traditional concert hall. He also handed out a special prize, Prix Café de Concert. Congratulations to the young and very talented soprano Lydia Hoen, who totally melted Aksel´s ears and heart. "For great talent, impressive technique and the ability to think out of the box" were Aksel´s words before handing out his Prix Café de Concert - a little golden "magical" elephnat. The prize contains concerts and various art projects through Café de Concert. Aksel and Café de Concert has started to collaborate with the competition on a long term basis. To make sure the young generation gets what they need to survive in this concrete jungle. "I wish for this competition to become one of those track and field days in elementary school. Where everybody  wants to win at the same time as they are cheering for their classmates to win too. Even though we are soloists, we are allways chambermusicians" - Aksel Kolstad

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

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