Among Norwegian pianists, Håvard Gimse (b. 1966) is in a class of his own. There are few, if any, who have the same experience and breadth with a corresponding list of achievements as concert musician and recording artist. Gimse has always been known for nuanced and sophisticated interpretations, for putting the smallest musical elements in their proper place in large musical structures, in addition to having an elegant concertizing style (well suited to a composer like Poulenc). Gimse has a strong affinity for Norwegian and Nordic music and has recorded the complete piano works of Geirr Tveitt and Jean Sibelius (the latter winner of the Sibelius Prize, one of many music prizes he has received over the years). The list is long of orchestras, conductors and musicians Gimse has worked with, and many of his collaborations have taken place while serving as performing artistic director of the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. Gimse is in frequent demand as teacher of master classes in Norway and abroad, and he is presently Professor of Piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music.