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.  

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"

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

Firma-event på Café de Concert

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!

Søk på Aksel Kolstad på YouTube og ta en titt ;)
Aksel Kolstad - mob 91 83 66 92

Café de Concert Dinner

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

Champagne/vin/mineralvann inkludert

PS: Vi har også Café de Concert Vorspiel- og Lunch-meny i tillegg til Pølse og Champagne-menyen vår!
Kontakt Aksel Kolstad for reservasjon: mob 91 83 66 92


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!

Trio Valentin @ Café de Concert

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 :)

Preparation backstage....

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!!

The Aksel Kolstad Show

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!!

Gallery Café de Concert Oslo - grand slam opening

BMW cars, red carpet, champagne, celebreties, wiener sausages and classical music = Gallery Café de Concert!
We started off with a mini concert for all of our wonderful sponsors and partners at 7 pm. Musikk-Huset A/S, Steinway and Sons, BMW, Marthinussen Piano og Musikksenter, Geneva, Next Oslo, Øyvind Karlsen pølser CopyCat and "Basketballstore"... thank you so much for makeing this possible! Oda Hilde, Ivan Valentin and Ole-Christian Haagenrud gave us a sparkling taste of Grieg and Mendelssohn´s trios in c minor, "intermezzoed" by Kolstad performing his Harlequin Variations over a theme by Bach.

And at 8 pm the rest of the Café de Concert-groupies joined the party :)

"stay tuned, more photos from the party will be posted tonight...."

And let´s not forget the legendary mini-basketball tournament!!

"stay tuned, more photos from the tournamet will be posted tonight...."


Come on inside Gallery Café de Concert at Tjuvholmen in Oslo!
Take a look at our photo and paiting exhibitions, try out some of our great instruments, enjoy the chamber music concerts in the evenings, stay tuned on

Buy some food from Wayne´s Coffee or Edge Restaurant next door - or just bring something from your own refridgerator, work online, have your meetings here, get to know new compositions by young Norwegian composers in our little library or just chill out and relax :)

Book Café de Concert for private parties, or book a concert from us to where ever you´d like to have it. We´ll custumize everything you want. Café de Concert is the biggest impressario in the northern part of Europe with great young and established artists in world class.

And also - we got the best wiener sausages in the world - "Øyvind Karlsen pølser"
Mon-Fri 4-8 pm! Welcome to your own, urban living-room! Let´s dance !! :)

Café de Concert´s new crib in Oslo

In september 2009 we opened up the world´s first classical concert café - with concerts every day, sometimes even twice a day.
We proved to the world that we were able to do it. And now - we are doing something new. On February 18th we are opening the Café de Concert Gallery. A flag ship store for Café de Concert, with a brand new style. Two rooms faceing the wonderful seaside of Tjuvholmen in Oslo will be decorated into living-rooms with vintage "old school" furniture, with two grand pianos in each room. Back to the roots, Café de Concert is takeing you back to school, back to doing chamber music concerts where they first were held, in chambers, in living-rooms! And as you can see, Mr. Kolstad is very happy about this! (Jesus, he looks like he just recieved his first baby!!)

The front room will be a showroom where all the concerts will be held. Not as many as two each day, a little more exclusive this time - maybe a couple each month. The second room will be an "atelier", where composers, ensembles and other artists can work and experiment. So now we got an even better window to show the world what goes on in our minds, dear collegues. Let´s show them - papa´s got a brand new style! Don´t miss the grand opening, friends! Red carpet, champagne, BMW-cars, stars from the music industry performing, glam and lots of fun! Litimed invitations, so please email for reservations asap!

We have been blessed with a lot of sponsors, especially thank´s to the publisher Musikk-Huset A/S, we were able to seal this deal with Tjuvholmen KS, who gave us an extremely sweet deal. Steinway is allways in the paint with us, lending us yet again a fabulous grand piano. A lot of other great and exiting new sponsors have also trooped together and given Café de Concert the ultimate giant leap into makeing history once again. Tom Wilhelmsen Stiftelse, BMW, Geneva, Øyvind Karlsen and Bård and Mona Wendelborg.

Today it is 2 weeks before the grand opening. A lot has to be done before that, but I´d like to show you photos of the empty space as it is right now, and then show you the result in two weeks :)

Christmas gig for Statsbygg in Oslo

Café de Concert´s last gig for this year was at Statsbygg´s Christmas lunch today. Statsbygg built the fabulastic opera in Oslo, so it was very cool to perform for them at the supercool concert venue - the Sonja Hennie ball room at Oslo Plaza, for 400 spectators. Aksel and Jonas Båtstrand had a kick ass party on stage in between performing Halvorsen, Mozart and Beethoven.

From all of us, to all of you - a merry merry, Christmas!!

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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