Over the past decade, Christian Ihle Hadland has established himself as a pianist of international format and with similar recognition.
Christian gained international attention in 2011 when he was given a two-year term as “BBC New Generation Artist”. Here he got to perform with all five of the BBC’s symphony orchestras. He held several solo and chamber concerts in London, ending it all with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #2 on BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vasily Petrenko. The concert was broadcast live, and Christian received a lot of praise from the critics in London.
Christian made his debut with KORK at the age of 15. He has since been on stage with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia. In the UK he has been a soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, in addition to the period with the BBC orchestras. This season Christian plays with the Orchester National de Lyon, the Helsinki Philharmonic, as well as several concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Christian is passionate about chamber music and has been artistic director of the international chamber music festival in Stavanger, his hometown, since 2010.
After his debut in 2013, Christian often performs at Wigmore Hall and is also a regular guest at the Bergen International Festival. In 2015 he was on a three week tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2006 he performed with soprano Renée Fleming at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo.
Christian is also a respected studio musician. His recording of Mozart’s piano concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated for the Spellemannprisen in 2014. The recording with Grieg’s Holberg variations won the Spellemannprisen in 2015. The album with works for cello and piano by Grieg and Granger with the Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid, was named Gramophone Editor in 2015 Choice. His latest album “The Lark”, was nominated for the Spellemann Prize 2017.
Christian Ihle Hadland has played with renowned top-notch conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt and Thomas Dausgaard.
Christian was born in Stavanger in 1983 and got his first piano lessons at the age of eight. As an 11-year-old, he started at the Music Conservatory in Rogaland, and began in 1999 with Professor Jiri Hlinka, both privately and at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo.