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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.


“That feeling when Facebook comes to Oslo and uses you and your concept/venue as an exemple on how to create and brand a concept!!”
Cought us completely off guard…..!!

Had a super nice choir concert with Cantare (from Fredrikstad, the capitol of Norway!!!!) last weekend!

Aksel also gave a concert for a a daycare center for the ones that built his country, he loves doing that!

And of yeah – we also had A LOT of shit that went down in the toilet……


Kolstad instructed 60 people last week how to SUP ! Nora also had to give it a go before the others, of cours!


When is your company going to SUP with Aksel?10632892_10152344717226674_4728533604565730876_n


1381481_10152337480376674_3900738475395984325_nWe hosted yet another successful book launch on Tuesday, was a wonderful event where Aksel performed while the author Anne Kristine Bergem read from her book “Da pappa fikk kreft”. All in collaboration with Kreftforeningen (Cancer-foundation in Norway).10629708_10152337487746674_3622047615029700208_n

And on Thureday, we had our next door neighbours over for an…orange concert (?) – “” on the top of their feet after Aksel’s performance!bilde