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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.

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Den norske pianisten Joachim Carr har de siste årene etablert seg som en av de mest spennende nordiske musikerne. Blandt høydepunkter senere år var hans fremføring av Griegs klaverkonsert Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester / John Storgårds ved avslutningskonserten på Bergen Internationale Festival 2017 og hans solo recital i den prestisjetunge klaverserien til Den Norske Opera 7.oktober i år som ble mottatt med stående ovasjoner.

Han har vunnet flere internasjonale premier, blant annet førsteprisen, publikumsprisen og Bergen Filharmoniske Orkesters pris for beste fremførelse den på Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition i 2014. Samme år vant han også første premie på den internasjonale kammermusikk-konkurransen i Lyon med fiolinisten, Diana Tishchenko. Tidligere hadde han mottatt Coup de Coeur Prix Speciale for sin recital på Concours Clara Haskil i 2013, og Boris Pergamenschikow-prisen for moderne kammermusikk i Berlin med sin egen Trio Korngold. Etter sin offisielle klaverdebut i Universitets Aula i 2015 mottok han Robert Levin-prisen.

Han har vært solist med bl.a. Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symfoniorkester og det norske Radio Symfoniorketseret KORK, samarbeidet med dirigenter Alexander Vedernikov, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Leo McFall, Eivind Aadland og Bjarte Engeset.

Som allsidig kammermusiker og recitalist, har blitt invitert til bl.a. Klavierfestival Ruhr, Zermatt Festival, Bergen International Festival, Lofoten Piano Festival, Cully Classique, Bach Festival Moskva, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern og Salzburger Kammermusikfestival med kammermusikkpartnere som Antje Weithaas, Andrei Ionita, Ingrid Fliter, Bertrand Chamayou, Henri Demarquette og Arve Tellefsen.

Født 1988 i Bergen mottok han viktige musikalske impulser i sin ungdom fra pianistene Jan Henrik Kayser, Håvard Gimse og Leif Ove Andsnes. Etter studier på Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt i Oslo med den tsjekkisk pedagogen Jiri Hlinka, flyttet han til Berlin og fortsatte sine studier med professor Eldar Nebolsin på Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler,” der han tok sin Master med høyest mulig utmerkelse. I senere år har han også fått uvurderlig råd fra Rita Wagner og Ferenc Rados.
Om hans debutalbum, utgitt i 2014 på Claves og med tidlige verk av Schumann, Brahms og Berg, skrev Diapason:
“Disse fremføringene plasserer ham blant de mest lovende pianistene i sin generasjon.”

For Naxos Grand Piano Label er han for tiden i ferd med å spille inn pianokonserter av den norske komponisten Halfdan Cleve.

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Joachim Carr performance of Schumann Piano Concerto with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the finale of the Grieg Competition, securing him 1 Prize.+ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Prize + Audience Prize:

Schumann Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6; Brahms Variations on an Original Theme in D major, op. 21, Nr 1; Berg Pianosonata, op. 1; Schumann arr. Liszt Widmung
Claves 50-1416 (69 minutes)

Naturelles et vivantes,ces interprétations le placent parmi les pianistes les plus prometteurs de sa génération
Natural and living, these interpretations make him one of the most promising pianists of his generation
DÍAPASON Mars 2015 / Jérôme Bastianelli

Joachim Carr, un piano arc-en-ciel
Il a le regard bleu, limpide et rêveur. Et les doigts arc-en-ciel. Le jeune pianiste norvégien Joachim Carr se lance chez Claves dans un magnifique programme reliant Brahms, Schumann et Berg. Classique et ouvert, sensuel et onirique. Sur le terreau de lʼhypersensibilité et de la poésie, le musicien déroule des fils de soie entre les kaléidoscopiques Davidsbündlertänze, irisées et capricantes, et la brillante transcriptionn de Liszt du lied Widmung, qui exacerbe lʼesprit schumannien. Les Variations Op. 21/1 de Brahms, toutes de plénitude, apportent un beau contrepoint romantique à la Sonate Op.1 de Berg, racée, puissante et délicate. Le toucher clair comme de lʼeau de roche, lʼémotion à fleur de notes, Joachim Carr est un conteur-né.

Joachim Carr, A rainbow-piano
He has blue eyes, clear and thoughtful. And rainbow-fingers. Claves launches the young Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr in a beautiful program linking Brahms, Schumann andBerg. Classic and open, sensual and dreamlike. On the soil of hypersensitivity and poetry, the musician embroiders threads of silk among the kaleidoscopic Davidsbündlertänze, iridescent and engrossing, and the brilliant Liszt transcription of the song Widmung, strengthen the Schumann mind. The Variations Op. 21/1 by Brahms, in all its fullness, provide a nice romantic counterpoint to the Sonata Op.1 by Berg, sleek, powerful anddelicate. Through the light touch of fingers, clear as spring water, and the feeling of corein the notes, Joachim Carr is a born storyteller. January 2015 / Sylvie Bonier

A musician we are going to be hearing a lot more from in the future.
....I hadn't heard Carr's playing before, but I can understand why he keeps having to empty the medals from his pockets before he goes through the security screens each time he flies home: the Schumann here reveals an enormous technique, the Brahms adds a refined poetic sensitivity and the Berg a feeling for understated drama; and the Liszt Schumann arrangement – one of the loveliest encapsulations of joy in all music – provides the cream on this excellent cake. The Claves engineers have given Carr excellent recorded sound, too. Lots of people can play the piano well, but here's someone with something to say about the music, whose narration holds your interest. He's a musician we are going to be hearing a lot more from in the future.
Klassisk Musikkmagasin January 2015 / Martin Anderson



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