Evening Recital: Joachim Carr

Evening Recital with pianist Joachim Carr in Troldsalen Sunday August 18 at 18.00.

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The Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr has over the last few years established himself as one the most exciting musicians to emerge from Scandinavia. Among past season's highlights are his performing of Grieg A minor Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic under John Storgårds at the closing concert of the Bergen International Festival, as well as his recent solo recital at the Norwegian Opera in its prestigious piano recital series, which was met with standing ovations.

He has won several international prizes, including the First Prize, the Audience Award as well as the Orchestra's Prize of the Bergen Philharmonic at the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in 2014. The same year he also won the First Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lyon with his violin partner, Diana Tishchenko. Previously, he had received the Coup de Coeur Special Prize for his recital at the Concours Clara Haskil in 2013, and the Boris Pergamenschikow Prize for contemporary chamber music in Berlin with his Trio Korngold. Following his traditional debut recital at the Oslo University Aula in 2015, he received the Robert Levin Prize.

He has performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Lithuanian State Symphony, the Trondheim Symphony, the Ålesund Symphony, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, collaborating with conductors Alexander Vedernikov, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Leo McFall, Eivind Aadland and Bjarte Engeset.

A versatile chamber musician and recitalist, he has been invited to festivals such as the Klavierfestival Ruhr, Zermatt Festival, Bergen International Festival, Lofoten Piano Festival, Cully Classique, Bach Festival Moscow, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Salzburger Kammermusikfestival with chamber music partners including Antje Weithaas, Andrei Ionita, Ingrid Fliter, Bertrand Chamayou, Henri Demarquette and Arve Tellefsen.

Born 1988 in Bergen, important musical impulses in his youth came from pianists Jan Henrik Kayser, Håvard Gimse and Leif Ove Andsnes. After studies at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo with Czech pedagogue Jiri Hlinka, he moved to Berlin,where he took his Master with highest possible distinction, continuing his postgraduate studies with Eldar Nebolsin at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler.” In later years he has also received invaluable advice from Rita Wagner and Ferenc Rados.

Of his debut album, released in 2014 on Claves and featuring early works by Schumann, Brahms and Berg, Diapason wrote:
“These performances place him amongst the most promising pianists of his generation.”

For the Naxos Grand Piano label he is currently in the process of recording piano concertos by the Norwegian composer Halfdan Cleve.


Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Folkelivsbilder / Pictures from Folk Life, op. 19

Fjellslått / In the Mountains
Brudefølget drar forbi / Bridal Procession
Fra karnevalet / From the Carnival

Leos Janacek (1854-1928)
På en gjengrodd sti, Bok I / On an Overgrown Path Book I

Our Evenings
A Blown-Away Leaf
Come With Us!
The Madonna of Frydek
They Chattered Like Swallows
Words Fail!
Good Night!
Unutterable Anguish
In Tears
The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) / Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924):
Utvalgte Koralforspill / Selected Choral Preludes

  • Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667
  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Fra / From Catalogue d’Oiseaux: II. Le Loriot 

Franz Liszt (1811-1886):
Deux Légendes / Two Legends

St. Francois d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux / St. Francis of Assisi’s sermon to the birds
St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots / St. Francis of Paola walking on the waves

Summer Evening Recitals

Summer Evening Recitals with some of Norways finest musicians will be played every Sunday at 18:00, from June 9 to September 8.

The concerts takes place in "Troldsalen" - maybe the most beautiful chamber music hall in the world. Duration: Approximately 1,5 hours, including a 15 minute break / intermission.

You will also meet the pianist during his/her stay as "pianist of the week" at Troldhaugen, in the daily lunchtime concerts at 13:00. More information on the lunchtime concerts here


Tickets include admittance to Edvard Grieg's villa before the concert)

Adults: NOK 290
Students/Bergen Card: NOK 250
Children: NOK 50


- Ticketservice online: ticketmaster.no / Tel: 815 33 133
- The Tourist Information Centre in Bergen
- Remaining tickets are sold at the door before the concert.

Bus transport for Evening Recitals

Tickets with bus transport includes:
- Bus from Bergen Tourist Information at 16:30
- Guided tour of Grieg’s villa
- Recital in Troldsalen at 18:00
- Return to Bergen city centre at 20:00

NOK 390/350/100 Tickets for sale at the Tourist Information and online at Visitbergen.com

* Adults NOK 290 / Bergen Card NOK 250 / KODE member NOK 200 / Students and Children NOK 50

Joachim Carr, foto: Uwe Neumann