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June 7-10, 2012
Leif Ove Andsnes
Music Director

Watch Leif Ove Andsnes video in Ojai

Leif Ove Andsnes describes Risor Festival for Carnegie Hall

June 6-9, 2013
Mark Morris
Music Director
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Mark Morris Dance Group
June 12-15, 2014
Jeremy Denk
Music Director
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Denk at Cal Performances
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2012 Ojai Music Festival Music Director Leif Ove Andsnes names key artistic collaborators for 2012 Festival

Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris announces future Festival music directors Mark Morris (2013), and Jeremy Denk (2014)
“There is a magic to Ojai. It is a safe, nurturing haven for the exploration of music and discovery for audiences and artists – a creative laboratory where anything is possible as we explore why music matters. The festival is a stimulating gathering of talent and audience that fosters innovative programming and collaboration among some of the greatest musicians of our time. But Ojai is about more than the music performed, the program selected, the artists on stage, the magical place, the attentive audience. It is the totality of all that and centers on those combustible points of convergence and intersection among and between all of those elements. It’s about challenge. It’s about conversation. It’s about engagement. It’s about dialogue. It requires all the elements of music, artists, place and audience. And it’s simple: at its core, the Ojai Music Festival makes you think,” Thomas W. Morris

(April 21, 2011 – Ojai, California) – To ensure vitality and diversity in programming across Festivals, the Ojai Music Festival welcomes a new music director each year. As the Ojai Music Festival anticipates the upcoming 65th Festival (June 9 – 12, 2011) with Music Director Dawn Upshaw, the Festival’s 2012 Music Director Leif Ove Andsnes announced his key artistic collaborators for the 2012 Festival.

Renowned as a pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes has had a rich experience curating festivals, most recently in New York’s Carnegie Hall, where Norway’s Risør Chamber Music Festival, for which Mr. Andsnes served as co-artistic director for nearly two decades, was in residence. For the 2012 Ojai Music Festival (June 7-10), Mr. Andsnes and Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris are shaping a program that fully reflects Mr. Andsnes’ artistic collaborations, the range of repertoire he loves, as well as a unique programming style that has infused his own festival in Risør. The 2012 Ojai Music Festival will include seven programs, each distinctive in their extreme eclecticism, both in repertoire and in the combinations of artists and performing forces. Joining Mr. Andsnes will be his long-time artistic colleagues – the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, frequent piano partner Marc-Andre Hamelin, conductor/composer Reinbert DeLeeuw, virtuosic clarinetist Martin Frøst, and award-winning actress Barbara Sukowa, who mesmerized Ojai audiences in 2008 with the west coast premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Cassandre. Additional programming details for the 2012 Ojai Music Festival will be announced in the fall.

Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris revealed the artists who will serve in the coming years as Festival music directors, including choreographer Mark Morris (2013) and pianist Jeremy Denk (2014).



Leif Ove Andsnes photo by Simon Folwer

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