Contestant 3: Joachim Carr

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We’ll continue our presentation round with the young supertalent the home crowd will be pinning their hopes on – Joachim Carr. 

Joachim Carr was born 1988 in Bergen, Norway and studied with the renowned Czech professor Jiri Hlinka at Barratt Dues Institute of Music in Oslo. He currently studies at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with G. Kupfernagel. His early musical impulses he received from pianists Jan Henrik Kayser and Håvard Gimse, and in later years through participation in masterclasses with Leif Ove Andsnes, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, Christopher Elton, Bernd Goetzke, Ronan O’Hara and Gerard Wyss.

He won first prize at the Norwegian Youth Piano Competition in 2001, and was a prize winner at the 8th Nordic Piano Competition 2007, in Denmark. In November 2010 he received second prize in Princess Astrid Music Prize – where he at the finals played the Grieg and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov.

Other solo concerto appearances include playing the unknown Norwegian composer Halfdan Cleve’s Piano Concerto no. 4 with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra under Ginteras Rinkevicous in April 2009. At this event Kulturspeilet wrote: “He has the amazing ability to play so that you almost experience each note as crystal clear”
He is an active chamber musician and has performed in festivals such as Bergen International Festival, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Hardanger Musikkfest, Tónlistarhátíð unga fólksins (Reykjavik), Podium Festival Esslingen, and Cully Classique (Switzerland) collaborating with Arve Tellefsen, Martin Fröst, Jakob Kullberg, Øystein Baadsvik and Henri Demarquette, among others.

Solo and chamber appearances include performances in Wigmore Hall, Oslo Concert Hall, Berliner Philharmonie and at Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg’s home in Bergen).

Click here to see Joachim Carr perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew themes Op. 34b

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