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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.


Café de Concert pop up in Fredrikstad

Women´s day, March 8th, at Café de Concert – unforgettable auction!!

Film premier at Café de Concert

And here is the video you have all been waiting for! The WORLD RECORD beeing set in the toilet @ Café de Concert with FIFTY ONE people inside it while Aksel was playing from Beethoven´s sonata nr 8.
“We are the champions”!! Watch the video here


1474489_10151789394316674_1217000414_nStudents from the Norwegian Academy of Music…

1503872_10151804801471674_1779787134_nMetier with a cool seminar…

1466024_10152183742202150_1299031914_nCrazy Christmasparty….

1482806_10151812819906674_202126445_nInnovation Norway @ its best investment ever ;)

Red Cross, Acne were also at Cafe de Concert PLUS a couple of crazy events like this:1486679_10151818805556674_1141691953_nAnd yeah, our November get toger was pretty awesome too: