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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.


12188163_10153128481236674_7378074122070889481_oOctober get together was a blast with lots of fun great yong musicians and other super duper surprises. Aksel was of course on fire as always. Since the get together weekend concerts has really stepped up with lots of eager music students performing for full houses! Lovely! And we have hosted quite a few events this past months also! Next week it´s the Movember get together, so brace your self , buckle up – and show up! Mari Birgitte Halvorsen and Aksel will kill it with Brahms Scherzo, among other wonderful musical moments! See you on Movember 26th! Bring your moustache!12195826_10153128380891674_4772842140513592984_n


Well – not an unfamiliar setting for Mr. Coolstad – posing with two Latvian athletes (Kristina Platace on his left, also posing on the photo behind) and a the mind behind the idea of a photoshoot between the two crazy muscle-pop tarts (left in photo). September´’s get together was packed with people enjoying the photo exhibition by Cathrine Dokken (below) and also the mini concert with Lotte Hellstrøm (violin) and Mr. Coolstad him self. Now the question is – will the October get together be able to compete with this?!? Stay tuned! See you on October 29th at 7 pm!!12039225_516113605219759_3355135114485338078_n12032006_516113641886422_4866914466867263333_n12039511_516113628553090_4532317306264142099_n

Wait … wait a minute…. that guy with the hat and glasses….isn´t it!?!? Yes it is!!!! Isn´t it Geogre Clooney? Nah….this guy is too solid and well built. It´s probably just the best crime novel author in Norway Jan-Erik Fjell. What a bummer.12006260_10153076778196674_3506669927444244755_n


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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