Prix Café de Concert

Last weekend Aksel hosted the superfinal of the Norwegian National Classical Music Competition "UMM", also beeing the front figur of the whole competition he made sure both the competitors and the audience would never forget this year´s competition. Cause Aksel did it - his way. He also performed and entertained the crowd with unthinkable things in a traditional concert hall. He also handed out a special prize, Prix Café de Concert. Congratulations to the young and very talented soprano Lydia Hoen, who totally melted Aksel´s ears and heart. "For great talent, impressive technique and the ability to think out of the box" were Aksel´s words before handing out his Prix Café de Concert - a little golden "magical" elephnat. The prize contains concerts and various art projects through Café de Concert. Aksel and Café de Concert has started to collaborate with the competition on a long term basis. To make sure the young generation gets what they need to survive in this concrete jungle. "I wish for this competition to become one of those track and field days in elementary school. Where everybody  wants to win at the same time as they are cheering for their classmates to win too. Even though we are soloists, we are allways chambermusicians" - Aksel Kolstad

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.
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