Cultural Lunch: Grøvlen plays Liszt
At this concert you will experience Franz Liszt's great masterpiece for piano, the Sonata in B minor. The work is one continuous movement of drama, thundering octaves, lyrical warmth and epic proportions.
Christian Grøvlen (photo: Cathrine Dokken)
Free admission and open to everyone
Sale of coffee and waffles from 11:45
Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Christian Grøvlen, piano
About the artist
Christian Grøvlen was born in 1990 in Bergen. He started playing the piano as a five-year-old and is considered one of Norway's most exciting and forward-looking pianists. As a 15-year-old, he started studying under Professor Jiří Hlinka, before continuing his studies at Norway's Music College under Håvard Gimse and Lars Anders Tomter. He debuted in the University's Aula in Oslo in 2015, and then studied in the soloist class at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory under Jens Elvekjær. In 2016 he received the Robert Levin Prize in Oslo.
As of his early teens, Christian has performed as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has played at some of Norway's biggest festivals, such as the Bergen International Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Elverum Festival and the Winter Festival, and collaborated with musicians like Arve Tellefsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Marianne Thorsen, Johannes Weisser and Eli Kristin Hanssveen, to name a few .
Christian is also a composer and his first commissioned work was performed by the Trondheim Soloists in April 2017. His first recording with works by Bach was released last year.
The University of Oslo has become a collaborating partner of Classical Music Magazine. You will find information about several of the concerts in the University Aula on the magazine's website klassiskmusikk.com (Norwegian).