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.  

Exhibition with Meriliis Rinne


Café de Concert had the honor of introducing the wonderful artist painter Meriliis Rinne in Norway for the first time! With her came also her supercool pr agent Kelli Tudeberg. Kolstad performed some of his newest works for piano solo...and then the party started :) Was a full house! Feel free to pop in and take a look at the supercool exhibition, the paintings will blow you away:) Check out Merilii´s website here.

Kolibri Musikkakademi


Hi, gus! Would just like to make you aware of my good friend and wonderful pianist Andrijana Vuckovic´s music academy for up and coming youngsters! Andrijana has such an enthusiatic way of teaching that all of her studens blossom in the split of a second!
Got a kid or know somebody that´s keen on starting to lern the piano in Oslo? Tell her I said hi;) All the best, Aksel :)

Take a look at Kolibri Musikkakademi´s video presentation HERE

Andrijana Vuckovic, pianist and piano teacher
email: post@kolibrimusikkakademi.no
phone: +47 96 88 03 64
www.kolibrimusikkakademi.no

Le voilà!

Awsome Café de Concert festival 2011



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


St.Hans-concerts in Oslo and Fredrikstad on June 23rd


First we did a cool concert at Fredrikstad Hospital!

Then an outdoor concert outside Café de Concert in Oslo. Concertmaster Jonas Båtstrand is allways a very popular musician amongst the young girls!




And of course, a little St.Hans-party...



...for all ages :)

Café de Concert´s Fredrikstad Chamber Orchestra in Sweden


@ 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"
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=4168&grupp=15461


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

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.
Read more...

Visit the old Café de Concert media centre HERE

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