Andsnes, a 34-year-old native of Norway, is honored for "best fingers."
"Some pianists are like acrobats who seek to dazzle audiences with their speed, strength, and agility," the citation reads, "but here is a different breed of soloist.... He achieves his goal with an understated virtuosity, a warmly glowing tone, and a sensibility that has a way of bridging opposites: the grandeur of the historic and the breezy freshness of the new; the cultivated sound of the Scandinavian cities where he now lives and the pristine beauty of the Norwegian mountains, to which he often retreats; and, perhaps best of all, the mature musical mastery he has attained and the boyish sense of wonder he has apparently never lost."
Andsnes, the co-director of the Risor Chamber Music Festival in Norway, frequently performs chamber music with such partners as violinist Christian Tetzlaff and tenor Ian Bostridge. He is currently curating a season-long "Perspectives" series at Carnegie Hall, and appears in a seven-city recital tour of the United States in January.