Christian Ihle Hadland

In the last decade Christian Ihle Hadland has established himself as a true craftsman of the piano, a musician whose delicate, refined playing and individual touch have led him to the most prestigious stages in the world.

Christian Ihle Hadland came to international attention in 2011 when he began a two-year stint as a BBC New Generation Artist. As an NGA he performed with all five of the BBC’s symphony orchestras  and broadcast solo and chamber recitals for the corporation in London. As a finale to his tenure, he was the soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms with the Oslo Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko; the concert was broadcast live and Hadland was praised by London critics for his ‘pearly’ and ‘otherwordly’ sound.

Since his professional concerto debut with KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, aged 15, Christian Ihle Hadland has performed with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia. In the UK he has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, in addition to his work with the BBC orchestras. He made his US debut with Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and he has performed with NDR Hannover Orchestra.

Hadland appears regularly at The Wigmore Hall, where he gave his debut solo recital in 2013, and is a regular guest at the Risør Chamber Music Festival and at the Bergen International Festival in Norway. He has also performed at the BBC Proms Chamber Music Series, where he collaborated with the Signum Quartet. In 2015 he gave a three-week chamber music tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and American mezzo Susan Graham. In 2006, he performed with soprano Renée Fleming at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.

Christian Ihle Hadland is a respected recording artist whose disc of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated for the Spellemann Prize in 2014, the highest honour for recorded music in Norway. His Holberg Variations CD, recorded with Ensemble 1B1, won the Spellemann Prize in 2015. Most recently, his recording of works for cello and piano by Grieg and Grainger, made with the Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid, was released on BIS in 2015 and immediately named a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

Christian Ihle Hadland has played with renowned conductors at the highest level, including Sir Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt and Thomas Dausgaard.