The elegant virtuosity of Christian Ihle Hadland (b. 1983) reveals a pianist made for Poulenc’s piano concertos. With a highly refined sense of detail, exquisite sound quality and original interpretations, he continually sheds new light on the old classics. At age fifteen Ihle Hadland appeared as soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), and after studying with the legendary Jiri Hlinka and others, he has become one of Norway’s most sought-after pianists. He continues to be invited back to perform with KORK, and in recent years has shone in concertos of Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Stravinsky and others, in addition to Poulenc. Ihle Hadland’s path toward greater international recognition gained momentum in 2011 when he was named a BBC New Generation Artist. He performed as soloist with all the BBC orchestras and appeared as soloist at The Proms. In recent years he has played with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, and he is a guest performer at festivals in and outside of Norway. He is also currently artistic director for the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, a position he shares with Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid. Ihle Hadland has won prizes as soloist and chamber musician, and his recordings have both won and been nominated for Spellemannprisen, Norway’s Grammy.