Christian Ihle Hadland is known as a true craftsman of the piano with delicate, refined playing and an individual touch. He made his professional concerto début with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra aged 15 and has since performed with all the major orchestras in Scandinavia. In 2011 he began a two-year stint as a BBC New Generation Artist, performing with all five of the BBC’s symphony orchestras and broadcasting solo and chamber recitals. He made his US début with the Seattle Symphony in 2013 and he has also performed with NDR Hannover Orchestra. He has played with renowned conductors at the highest level, including Sir Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt and Thomas Dausgaard.
He is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has been artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, his home town, since 2010. He appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall and is a regular guest at the Risør Chamber Music Festival and Bergen International Festival in Norway. He has also appeared at the BBC Proms Chamber Music Series, toured Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and mezzo Susan Graham and has performed with soprano Renée Fleming at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.
Christian Ihle Hadland is a respected recording artist whose recording of works for cello and piano by Grieg and Grainger, with Andreas Brantelid, was released on BIS in 2015 and named a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. He was born in Stavanger and received his first piano lessons at the age of eight. At the age of eleven he entered the Rogaland Music Conservatory, and in 1999 began lessons with Jiří Hlinka, both privately and at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.