If there were an award for the most difficult name in the piano world to pronounce, the honor undoubtedly would go to Leif Ove Andsnes. "It's LAYff oo-VAY ANS-ness," the celebrated Norwegian pianist patiently replies to the question he receives about 100 times a day. And adds: "It's really not that hard." Andsnes has been the reigning keyboard interpreter of the works of his most famous countryman, Edvard Grieg, like, forever, but also is revered for his interpretations of just about every composer. He's known for his phenomenal tonal wizardry, which invariably turns the familiar into something you thought you'd never heard before. If you don't believe that, check out his YouTube videos of two of the most cliched works in the piano repertoire, Debussy's Claire de Lune and Grieg's A-minor Piano Concerto, which he transforms from not-that-again into dazzlingly new musical experiences. Andsnes performs in L.A. this week, and while you won't get any Grieg, you will get Debussy, Chopin, Bartok and Haydn, all served up with the artist's infallible magic. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Wed., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.; $55-$111. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.
Wed., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., 2012