Håvard Gimse

Håvard Gimse (from Kongsvinger, Norway) has established himself as a leading Scandinavian pianist.  His distinct and rich musical palette reflect his artistic strength, experienced  from early years and developed  through extensive and varied concert activities.

His repertory is equally broad, already including more than 30 concertos performed with orchestra, numerous solo works and chamber music programs.  This has brought Gimse forward as one of Norway´s most distinguished classical concert and recording artists, with more than 30 CDs to his credit. A large number of  these recordings for NAIM (Chopin & Grieg), Naxos (Sibelius, Grieg and Tveitt), Sony (Grieg Violin Sonatas), Chandos (Mozart) and Simax have received superb reviews, including recommendations in the Peguin Guide, with ”Editor´s Choice´s” and top scores in Gramophone, CD Review, BBC Music Magazine and Phono Forum

After gaining his Diploma at ”Hochschule der Künste Berlin” in 1995 (Leygraf), he studied with professor Jiri Hlinka in Norway. In 1987 he won 1:st prize in the ”Jugend Musiziert Competition”. Since then his career as a recording and concert artist expanded significantly without participating in piano competitions. Gimse is recipient of the prestigious ”Grieg Prize” (1996), the ”Steinway Prize” (1995) and recently the Norwegian Sibelius Society´s ”Sibelius Prize” (Nov 2004).

Håvard Gimse has performed with Baltimore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Welsh National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Riverside Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic,Kiel Philharmonic. and most major orchestras throughout Scandinavia and in Latin America. Conductors include Berglund, Wallberg, Segerstam, Soustrot, Kitajenko, Frühbeck de Burgos, Honeck, Nowak,Fritzsch,Engeset,Gullberg Jensen and Ruud. Gimse has toured with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to Great Britain, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra to Austria, France, Holland and Croatia, Janacek Philharmonic to Tokyo, and Thuringen Philharmonic to Spain. Ongoing and recent seasonse include performing on a number of Scandinavian  festivals,orchestra engagements with Porto National Orchestra,Bergen and Oslo  Philharmonic,Trondheim and Stavanger Symphonies,Norwegian Radio Symphony Tour of Northern Norway,Kiel Philharmonic,Kassel Philharmonic and Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

As a recitalist and chamber musician Gimse has succesfully performed in Wigmore Hall ”Young Master´s Series”, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital & Zankel Halls, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St.Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, Suk Hall Prague, Konzerthaus Berlin, New York Frick Collection and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

International festival engagements include Valdemossa Chopin Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Bath Festival, Bergen International Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Angouleme Piano Festival, Flanders Festival Belgium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Risør, Stavanger and Oslo Chamber Music Festivals.

Gimse is assistant program manager of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival.