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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.



Yup, you saw right – it´s handmade! Stine Eide and her amazing pencil pieces made its way to an unforgettable exhibition at Café de Concert on august 27th, on our monthly get together, where we sometimes wish to show the world mind-blowing artists like Stine! Read more about this wonderful artist here. And how cool isn´t it for Aksel to be made a portrait of as Napoleon at horse with the title “The man who did the dishes”. The way Stine combines actual craftsmanship AND concept is beyond most artists in Norway of today, in our opinion. She sold a big amount of artwork and we wish her the best of luck. Watch out Norway! Check out these photos from the concert exhibition! (all photos from Stine´s blog)1577420-11-14411192892861577420-11-14411459419501577420-11-14411459550061577420-11-1441142376261

And guess what Stine left for us… keep!!


bilde 3So this is basically what the last couple of months have looked like – almost everyday!! (we love overloaded days!!) A lot of law firms come to circle around historical parallels between juridical issues composers had to go through and today´s law and order.

An evening of round tables and creative meetings mixed with classical music is popular amongst many groups and companies.

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Saturday’s and Sunday’s packed with concerts for the public by various ensembles.

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Big companies like Sony have found their way to Café de Concert lately.

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Actually, we´re one of the most popular innovative conference and seminar locations in Oslo right now! Big and small companies have frequented us all the time lately!

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Even candy companies has reached out to hear Aksel play what their candy sounds like! This photo is from when Brynhild Gruppen visited us not to long ago.

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What Aksel has been doing the last couple of months when he is not practising or performing…..!!!

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This is how we celebrated May 17th, Norway´s National Day!

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And when NRK TV came to Aksels island from the seaside…we greated them the best way we could, with a choir on SUP boards!

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17092_10152789001646674_8055232601683637168_nYep! Now you can rent boards at Café de Concert! We bought in a big amount of awesome boards! Come alone or as a group! Experience what Aksel calls urban impressionism! You might even hear him play Ravel before you head out into the fiords! And afterwords – have a coke! Speaking of which, Coca Cola celebrated their 100 year anniversarie at Café de Concert – what a fantastic collaboration this has turned out to be! We´re very proud to be able to represent Coca Cola at Café de Concert!


“See you at sea? taking a selfie with me?”

(Photo by Jens Bredberg)