Our successful concert series in Harpa Concert Hall brings you some of Iceland's most celebrated musicians of the younger generation.
The programme is sung in Icelandic with spoken word in English as the composers, poets and songs are presented along with the stories behind the music.
Pearls of Icelandic song is a concert series where Icelandic music is introduced to our visitors. The concerts come in slightly different variations but are all with english translations and moderation.
We perform at Harpa the whole year, usually 4-5 times a month but during part of the summer our successful program is every day at the big Eldborg hall.
During Christmas and New year we have a special New Year's Programme.
Tickets for Pearls of Icelandic song concerts cost ISK 3900 (ISK 4500 for New Year's concerts) for adults and the concert lasts about an hour. You can buy tickets online by clicking on the buying icon or at the box office in Harpa (tel +354 5285050)
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Our concerts are held in Harpa, the new concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik.
Harpa was opened in 2011 and has hosted the concerts of the Pearls of Icelandic song ever since
One of the halls of Harpa is Kaldalón and that is where our concerts are usually held. Kaldalón has great acustics for vocal music and the design of the hall is ideal for the Pearls.
This summer from June 28th till August 8th our concerts will be held daily in Eldborg, the major hall of Harpa.
Our Artists are mostly young Icelandic musicians, many of whom have already been celebrated for their work, both in Iceland and abroad.
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Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir began her musical studies at an early age, first as a pianist, but in 2007 she turned her focus to singing and finished her Diploma at the Reykjavik Collage of Music in 2012 under the guidance of Hlín Pétursdóttir. Since fall 2012 she studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Univ.-Prof. Mag.art Sebastian Vittucci as her main teacher. With the Reykjavik Collage of Music she sang leading roles in the world premiers of two operas by Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir and in the summer 2014 she sang the role of Cherubino from “Le Nozze di Figaro” in Schloßtheater Schönbrunn in Vienna and with Einklang Philharmonie in Germany.
Arnheiður has performed with choirs since early age, both as a member and soloist in for instance Bach's St. Johannes-Passion, Händel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria and Britten's a Ceremony of Carols among others. She sang background vocals on Björk's album Biophilia and during the following world tour.
Bjarni Thor Kristinsson was born in Iceland in 1967. He studied voice at the Söngskolinn in Reykjavik and with Helene Karusso and Curt Malm in Vienna. Bjarni has sang in many opera houses all around the world, including cities like Berlin, Paris, Lissabon, Warsaw, Vienna, Tokyo, Melborne, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venezia and Frankfurt. On his repertoire are almost all bass roles in operas by Wagner and Mozart and Baron Ochs is Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss is a favorite. Upcoming engagement are in Peking, Cologne, Kassel, Napoli and Düsseldorf.
Bjarni is the founder of the concert series Pearls of Icelandic song at Harpa concert hall.
Eggert Reginn Kjartansson was born in Reykjavík in 1991. In the year 2007 he started studying singing at the Reykjavík Collage of Music under the guidance of Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir. After his studies in Iceland he headed to Vienna in the spring of 2013 and was accepted at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. His teacher there is Univ.-Prof. Uta Schwabe. With the Reykjavik Collage of Music he sang leading roles in four operas by Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir. Eggert has taken part in various productions such as the role of Pygmalion in the Operetta "Die Schöne Galathee" and St Brioche in "The Merry Widow". He also played one of the leading roles in Albert Lortzings "Die Opernprobe". Eggert has also sung the Tenor-solo parts in Händels "Messiah", Bachs "B-minor mass" and "Magnificat" and Mozarts "Coronation Mass" with a various choirs in Reykjavík and Vienna.
Tenor Egill Palsson quickly gained attention as an emerging artist when he received special recognition from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. He has won prizes in big competitions such as Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and Oper Schloss Laubach which have then opened up doors to venues such as Classic Open Air in Berlin with soprano Lucia Aliberti, Gala Concert at the Mercedes World in Berlin and Das Lied von der Erde in Frankfurt and Berlin. Egill was working professionally in Germany between 2008 and 2012. Among roles performed are: Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Caramello and Herzog(Eine Nacht in Venedig), Rodolfo (La boheme), Luzio (Das Liebesverbot), Bobby(Besuch der Alten Dame), Duka di Mantua(Rigoletto), Governor/Vanderdendur/Prince Ragotski(Candide), Alfred(Die Fledermaus), Adam(Der Vogelhändler) and many more.Mr.Palsson recived his training in Iceland, New York and Berlin studying only with the best teachers such as: David L. Jones, Janet Williams, Prof.Edwin Scholz and Prof. Wolfgang Millgramm. Egill, already having a diploma in diagnostic teaching from the David Jones Voice Studio in New York, is currently finishing his teachers degree with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Egils first album of Icelandic songs „Reverie“, was released in November 2016.
Eva Thyri Hilmarsdóttir studied with Thorsteinn Gauti Sigurdsson and Halldor Haraldsson and graduated with a Diploma from the Piano Teacher’s Department and a Diploma in Piano-Performance from The Reykjavik College of Music. She also studied at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium in Aarhus, Denmark, where she finished an Advanced Soloist Diploma with professor John Damgaard. She then continued her studies at The Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Dussek, and graduated from the MA Piano Accompaniment course with a Distinction and was awarded a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Piano Prize for an outstanding final recital. Aside from giving solo recitals, Eva Thyri takes an avid interest in chamber music and lied and has given numerous first performances of Icelandic and foreign compositions, appearing in festvals such as Dark Music Days in Reykjavik, Ung Nordis Musik, Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin and Young Composers Symposium, London.
Eyrún Unnarsdóttir was born in Akureyri, in the northern region of Iceland. She began at an early age to play the violin and at age 15 she began her vocal training with Sigríður Elliðadóttir and Sigríður Aðalsteinsdóttir as her teacher. She studied singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Prof. Leopold Spitzer and completed her Bachelors degree. She took a little detour from her studies, moved back to Iceland and had two daughters. Meanwhile Eyrún studied at the Demetz Academy of Singing and Vocal arts in Reykjavík under the guidance of Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir. Now she lives in Vienna with her family and is completing her master’s degree at Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien with Uta Schwabe as her teacher. She has performed as a soloist on many occasions, in Iceland and abroad and will be performing the role of Agathe in Stadttheater Baden next season.
Fjóla finished her DipABRSM from The Reykjavík Institute of Singing and Vocal Arts in May 2009. She continued her studies in Austria, first at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and then at the Musik und Kunst Universität der Stadt Wien, in Vienna where she in 2015 finished her Master of Opera under the guidance of Professor Uta Schwabe. In the last few years Fjóla has had lessons with well known Icelandic soprano Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir (Diddú) at the Sigurður Demetz Singing School. Fjóla has participated in many masterclasses and private lessons with, for example, Kiri Te Kanawa, Laura Sarti, Barbara Bonney, Richard Stokes and Clara Taylor. Fjóla regularly performs as a soloist, most recently in the role of Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor by Mozart, Baldursbrá in a new children’s opera by Gunnsteinn Ólafsson, Despina in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart and Amina in La Sonnambula by Bellini. Fjóla is a member of the renowned chamber choir Schola Cantorum of Hallgrímskirkja, the chamber choir Melodia and the Choir of the Icelandic Opera. She has performed with the Salzburger Bachchor and the Choir of the Volksoper in Vienna. She also conducts the choir Hljómfélagið. This is her eigth summer with the Classical Concert Company.
Baritone Fjölnir Ólafsson began his singing studies in 2008 after having trained as a Classical Guitarist from an early age and studied at the Reykjavik College of Music. In 2014 Fjölnir graduated from the Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken.
He has appeared on numerous occasions on the concert platform in Germany, in Brahms Requiem and Bach’s St Matthew Passion to name but a few. His operatic debut was the title role in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni with the Icelandic Youth Orchestra in July 2012. At the Staatstheater in Saarbrücken he has appeared in numerous productions, such as “Tosca” and “Macbeth”.
In April 2013 Fjölnir took part in the “Lied Akademie des Heidelberger Frühling” where he participated in Masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quastoff and Wolfram Rieger. Fjölnir is a pricewinner in the “International Joseph Suder Wettbewerb 2012” and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Icelandic Rotary Price 2013.
Guja Sandholt lives in Amsterdam and performs regularly in the Netherlands, Iceland and internationally. She enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist and ensemble singer. In 2016, she was also the Artistic Director of the new opera festival in Iceland, Óperudagar í Kópavogi. Recently, she portrayed Popova in William Walton's The Bear at the Cycle Art and Music Festival in Iceland and Nerone in Poppea Remixed at the Operadagen Rotterdam. She appeared as a soloist in the Matthew Passion with Gelders Orkest as well as in a staged version of the Coffee Cantata by Bach at Over het IJ-Festival and the Bach Bubbles at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. Guja has sung solo parts of the Weihnachtsoratorium, Messiah, Duruflé's Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, Dvorak's and Pärt's Stabat Mater and Vivaldi's Gloria. Together with Heleen Vegter pianist, she regularly gives Lied recitals. She will perform the delicious Bon Appétit! chocolate cake opera by Lee Hoiby in various places in the coming season. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and in the Netherlands. She regularly attends private lessons with Stephanie Doll in Düsseldorf. www.gujasandholt.com
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Gunnar Gudbjörnsson started his career in GB and Germany after studying in Iceland, Berlin and London. He sang first lyric tenor of the Wiesbaden Opera from ’91-95 and held the same position in Opera National de Lyon from ´95-´97. He later joined the Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin from ´99-02.
Gudbjörnssons career has also taken him to some of the Worlds other leading Operahouses in Europe, a.o. Munic Opera, Bastille in Paris, Opera de Toulouse, La Monnay in Brussels, Welsh National Opera, Madrid Opera, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and the Vienna State Opera.
He has sung recitals in the Wigmore Hall, Salle Gaveau and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and concerts in the Royal Albert Hall(Proms ’95), Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie in Berlin and Munic and Konzerthaus in Hamburg, Alte Oper in Frankfurt and with renowned orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic in London, Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Synphony Orchestra, Singapore Sinphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orcestra to metion some.
His range of recordings consists of lieder and songs, but also oratoria and opera. He sang with Daniel Barenboim a recording of the role Walther in Tannhauser in 2000 for Teldec and has as well recorded for Decca, Philips and other labels.
In 2007 Gudbjörnsson changed to the german heavier Fach, now singing roles like Max in Freischuetz, Stolzing in Meistersinger, Herodes in Salome and Siegfried.
Halla Marinósdóttir mezzo soprano began her singing studies at the age of 13 in The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts. Her main teachers were Dóra Reyndal and pianist Kolbrún Sæmundsdóttir and Halla also took piano lessons with Violeta Smid. She participated in several productions with the school’s Student Opera , for example “The Magic Flute” 2006, and the role of Cherubino in “The marriage of Figaro” 2008. Halla graduated with dipABRSM in vocal performance in January 2010 and graduated with LRSM in vocal teaching in May 2012. Halla has participated in various masterclasses, for example with Lorrain Nubar in Nice, France the summer 2007 and Janet Williams in Ísafjörður, Iceland in June 2010. She also studied in Vienna with teacher Susan Dennis-Gabriel the winter 2010-2011. After her studies in Vienna she studied at the Demetz Academy of Singing and Vocal arts with Iceland’s famous soprano Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, or Diddú. Halla has also sung with various choirs, such as The Reykjavík Opera choir and church choir of Háteigskirkja. (Alongside her singing career she teaches singing and works as a Speech and language pathologist). This is her fifth summer with the Classical Concert Company Reykjavík.
Born in Reykjavík, Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir began her studies at 16 years old. She graduated from The Guildhall School of music and Drama in London with honours in 2001. Her opera roles include among others Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi from Cosi fan tutte, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito by W. A. Mozart, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss and Giannetta in L´elisir d´Amore by Donizetti. She is an avid baroque and renaissance singer and has performed with the Icelandic Symphony orchestra on numerous occasions. She is also an active lieder performer, has focused on contemporary music and has premiered numerous Icelandic pieces both in Iceland and abroad. Hallveig won the Icelandic Music Awards as classical singer of the year for her role as Micaëla in the Icelandic Opera´s production of Carmen. She was then nominated for Gríman, the Icelandic theatre price, both for that role and for her role as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
Hanna Dóra Sturludóttir began her vocal studies in Reykjavík and continued at the University of Arts in Berlin, where she received her diploma „with distinction“. She was soon engaged to sing in opera houses in Bonn, Weimar, Kassel and Komische Oper Berlin. Festival engagements have taken her to Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schlossfestspiele Zwingenberg, Opernfestival Gut Immling, ArtArena in Switzerland, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival and Opernfestspiele München. Hanna Dóra ́s wide field of over 40 opera roles include Marie (Wozzeck), Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly), Miss Jessel, (The Turn of the Screw) and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos.
In recent years she has put a particular focus on contemporary music theatre. She has worked with the opera company Novoflot in Berlin on many occasions and performed with them in Warsaw, Luxemburg, Hamburger Staatsoper and Staatsoper München. She recieved excellent reviews for her performance in the one woman opera: Miss Donnithorne´s Maggot at the Staatsoper in Berlin.
As a regular and versatile guest, Hanna Dóra has worked with the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra on various occasions. She has recieved the nomination for the Icelandic music awards for both her performance of the Wesendonck-Songs from Richard Wagner and her interpertation as Carmen at the Icelandic Opera, 2013. She was nominated again in 2014 and recieved the award for her role as Eboli in Verdis „Don Carlo“. Most recently she has been performing at the Gelsenkirchen „Theater am Revier“ in a new production of „Die Passagierin“ in which she sung the lead role of Lisa. Concerts and Recitals are also on Hanna Dora’s schedule in the near future.
Hanna Þóra Guðbrandsdóttir enlisted in the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal artist the autumn of 1999, developing her skills under the steady guidance of Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir, Signý Sæmundsdóttir and Kolbrún Sæmundsdóttir. In the spring of 2005 she graduated with advanced skills in singing grade 8. There she took part in many of the students opera projects and has also participated in the Icelandic Opera Studio, for example as Fiordiligi in Mozart‘s Cosi Fan Tutte. She has attended masterclass seminars with several teachers. In the summer 2008 she was chosen to sing at the Internationaler Hans Gabor Belvedere Competiton, one of the biggest singers competiton of the world for a young talents. Hanna Þóra sang two roles in autum 2012. The part of Serpina in Pergolesi´s La Serva Padrona and the part of Ines in Verdi´s Il Trovatore with the Icelandic Opera. Last year Hanna Þóra participated in variety of opera project, including Ragnheiður by Gunnar Þórðarsson, and Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck.
Heiðdís Hanna Sigurðardóttir began her singing studies 15 years old under the guidance of Guðrún Jóhanna Jónsdóttir in the Garðabær College of Music and graduated in 2011. After that she went to Germany and studied Bachelor for three years at the Music University in Freiburg, where Prof. Angela Nick was her main teacher. In the autumn of 2015 she continued her studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts under the guidance of Þóra Einarsdóttir and Kristinn Sigmundsson. In Ferbruary 2017 she graduated with a bachelor degree in music(voice) from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and is now a master student in the NAIP European Music Master program at the Academy. In January 2016 Heiðdís Hanna performed as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in the Young Soloists concert in Harpa and in March same year she made her debut on the opera stage as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Icelandic Opera. In June 2016 she received a grant from the Halldór Hanssen fund and in December same year she received a grant from the Anna K. Nordal fund.
Helga Bryndís Magnúsdóttir, pianist, enjoys a diverse career as concert pianist, soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the North of Iceland Symphony Orchestra, performing concertos by Ravel, Poulenc, Brahms, Gershwin and J.S. Bach. Her solo recitals have been programmed at festivals such as the Reykjavik Art Festival, and she has appeared as soloist on live television across Scandinavia as a part of the television show Kontrapunktur. Helga Bryndis is a member of the Caput ensemble and has performed throughout Europe as well as recorded several CDs with the group. She performs and records regularly with many of Iceland’s most beloved singers and instrumentalists, both in Iceland and abroad, and has been awarded Listamannalaun, an honorary grant from the Icelandic Government, four times. Helga Bryndis studied with Jónas Ingimundarson at the Reykjavik College of Music before further pursuing her studies in Vienna with prof. Leonid Brumberg, and in Helsinki with prof. Liisa Pohjola and Tuija Hakkila. She holds a position as an accompanist at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts as well as the music schools of Kopavogur, Reykjanesbær and Akureyri.
Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir Hafstað, soprano, was born in Reykjavík and she finished her studies in 2015 from the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam with teachers Margreet Honig and Valerie Guillorit. Hrafnhildur sings a wide range of operatic repertoire, most recently Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss, Thérèse in F. Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart and the title role of G. F. Händel’s Alcina. Hrafnhildur has performed at the Dutch National Opera, de Nationale Reisopera, with Iceland Symphony Orchestra and at Concertgebouw and Stedelijk musem in Amsterdam. She has worked with stage directors such as Marcel Sijm, Lotte de Beer, Laurence Dale, Ted Huffmann and Laurent Pelly and conductors such as Kenneth Montgomery, Jonathan Cohen, Patrick Fournillier, and Anthony Hermus. In 2011 Hrafnhildur won the Young Soloists competition of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Hrafnhildur has enjoyed financial support from Valitor trust in Iceland.
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Pianist Hrönn Þráinsdóttir graduated from the Reykjavík College of Music in 1998 and continued her studies in Germany at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg where her principal teachers were Prof. Dr. Tibor Szász and Hans-Peter Müller professor of lyrics. She graduated in 2004 with a diploma in music performance, lied-accompaniment and music education. She moved to Stuttgart to study with Professor Cornelis Witthoefft at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst and received her Master's degree from the faculty of lyrics in 2007. Hrönn has given concerts and accompanied singers in Iceland as well as on the Continent. She performs contemporary music, e.g. at the Young Nordic Music Festival and as a member of the Ísafold Chamber Orchestra in Reykjavík. She teaches at the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts and the Reykjavík College of Music.
Ingileif Bryndís Þórsdóttir started playing the piano at the age of seven with Sigríður Einarsdóttir as her first teacher. After she graduated from Reykjavik College of Music in 2007 under the guidance of Svana Víkingsdóttir she went on to Freiburg, Germany and finished her bachelor degree in 2011. She studied for her master´s in Freiburg and Vienna and graduated with a degree in Piano Performance in fall 2013. Her teachers were Prof. Andreas Immer, Prof. Doris Adam, Prof. Roglit Ishay (chamber music) and Prof. H. P. Müller (Lied). She uses Alexander-technic and Feldenkrais-method to aid her overall musicianship.
Jóna G. Kolbrúnardóttir was born 1992 in Reykjavík. She began her vocal studies in 2006 at The Reykjavik Institute of Singing and Vocal Arts, where she took part in various projects and productions. She finished her DipABRSM 2014 under the guidance of Harpa Harðardóttir. Since fall 2014 she studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Univ.-Prof. Gabriele Lechner as her main teacher. She has took part in masterclasses most recently with Anne Sofie von Otter. She has sung in many choirs since early age and as a soloist in Bach’s H-moll Messe. She sang background vocals on Björk’s album Biophilia and during the following world tour. Last January Jóna performed as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in the Young Soloists concert in Harpa.
Kristján was born in Reykjavík in 1992. He began his vocal studies in 2008 at the Sigurður Demetz School of Vocal Arts. His teachers there were Keith Reed, Kristján Jóhannsson and Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, Diddú. In February 2014 he continued his studies at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna with Prof. Uta Schwabe. Notable operatic roles include the Toreador in Bizets Carmen with the Icelandic Opera and Riccardo in I Puritani with the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra. This Fall he will be singing in Mozarts Così fan tutte with the Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic and in Ernst Kreneks Pallas Athene weint with the Neue Oper Wien
Kristín Sveinsdóttir is born 1991 in Reykjavík. 5 years old she started singing in a church choir in Langholtskirkja where she continued singing for almost 20 years. She began her vocal studies in 2007 at The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts and finished her DipABRSM in 2013 under the guidance of Harpa Harðardóttir. Kristín also worked with Sirry Ella Magnus before moving to Vienna. Since fall 2014 she studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Univ.-Prof. Margit Klaushofer as her main teacher. Kristín took a year leave off school when she was invited to join the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan for one year. There she took part in various concerts and productions and sang e.g. second Dame in “Die Zauberflöte” and was a soloist at Scala’s Christmas Concert conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Kristín also sang background vocals on Björk’s album Biophilia and during the following world tour.
Laufey holds a M.Mus in classical piano performance from The Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark and B.Mus from Iceland Academy of Arts. Her main teachers have been Dýrleif Bjarnadóttir, Daníel Þorsteinsson, Anne Marie Fog, Halldór Haraldsson, Peter Máté and Thomas Trondhjem. Laufey has performed as a pianist in different contexts, both as soloist and in ensembles, playing both classical music, soundscapes and improvising as well as own arrangements and pieces.
Lilja Guðmundsdóttir grew up in the northern part of Iceland where she studied flute and piano from an early age. Later she studied vocals at the Music School of Akureyri with Sigríður Aðalsteinsdóttir. From 2006-2010 she studied at the Sigurdur Demetz School of Vocal Arts in Reykjavík with Jón Thorsteinsson and Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir. Lilja received a scholarship from Dalton Baldwin 2009 and 2010 and has participated in Masterclasses with Barbara Bonney, Roger Vignoles, Lorraine Nubar, Galina Pisarenko and Angelika Kirschlager. Lilja sang the role of Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni in Harpa Reykjavik Concert hall in 2012, Frasquita in Carmen with the Icelandic Opera in 2013 and 2. Niece in Peter Grimes at the Reykjavík Art Festival in 2015. In Vienna Lilja sang Suor Osmina/Una Novizia at Theater an der Wien in 2012 and The Queen of the night with Ohpera in 2014. In October 2015 Lilja finished her Master’s degree from The Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna under the guidance of Uta Schwabe. Lilja has performed as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and with the Festival Orchestra Vienna in Finland and Bulgaria. Lilja is studying to become a social worker.
Margrét Brynjarsdóttir is born and raised in the southwest of Iceland. She studied music from an early age discovering singing in her twenties at the Music School of Akureyri with Michael J. Clarke. She recieved her Bachelor in classical singing and performance from Piteå Concervatory in Sweden and her Master in Opera from The Norwegian Concervatory of Music in Oslo. Margrét has since her studies freelanced in Scandinavia, UK & USA, Germany, Iceland and now in Belgium where she is based. Margrét has performed solo concerts and roles at houses such as Norway’s National Opera in Oslo, Empire Royal Theatre in Manchester and at the Metropolitan Opera festival in New York where she made her debute as Charlotte in Massenet‘s Werther. She has performed with orchestras such as Liverpool Philharmonics, Weimar Staatskapell, Oslo strings and Norrbotten NEO Ensemble. Recent performed roles include Lucretia by Britten, Erda from Das Rheingold by Wagner, Ulrica from Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi and Mrs Quickly from Falstaff. In September 2017 she will make her debute as Carmen by Bizet at Opera Holland Nord in the Netherlands. Margrét Brynjarsdóttir is represented by Ariën Arts & Music Mgt
Matthildur lives in London where she works as a répétiteur and an accompanist. In 2014-15 she worked as a répétiteur at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has also been involved in opera productions with British Youth Opera, Clonter Opera, Edinburgh Grand Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Scottish Opera, Royal Academy Opera and CoOpera Co in London.
Born in Iceland, Matthildur graduated with a BMus degree in Performance from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007. She continued her studies with Andrew West at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with an MA degree in Piano Accompaniment. Matthildur graduated with MMus in Repetiteurship from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in June 2014. During her studies, she was on a full scholarship and was also awarded the James H Geddes Répétiteur Prize.
Nathalia Druzin Halldórsdóttir mezzosopran finished her singing diploma in Iceland in 2006 under the supervision of Alina Dubik. She has attended various master-classes with artists such as Galina Pisarenko, Dalton Baldwin and Kristinn Sigmundsson. Nathalia won first price in the „Young Soloists“ comptetition in Iceland 2008 and third price in „Torneo Internazionale di Musica“ competition in Verona 2010.Nathalia has performed on stage with the Icelandic Opera and as a soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. She has been an active performer and her concerts have been broadcasted both on the National Radio and Television in Iceland.
Rannveig Káradóttir soprano graduated with distinction from The Royal College of Music with a Master of Performance Degree 2014. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and sang the role of Poppea from L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at the Aldeburgh Festival 2014. Rannveig sang the role of Violetta from La traviata by Verdi with Euphonia Opera Company at the Rye Arts Festival 2014 and Donna Anna from Don Giovanni the following year. Rannveig returned as Violetta last April at The Drayton Arms Theatre in London for the Euphonia Opera Company. For almost a year Rannveig has travelled around Europe with a show called Be with me now that premiered at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2015 and the last performance will be at the Aldeburgh Festival this summer. Future roles include Cio-Cio-San from Madam Butterfly by Puccini in West Wales and Tatyana from Eugin Onegin in London. At the moment, Rannveig is working on the album Krot with pianist Birna Hallgrímsdóttir, a selection of Icelandic songs inspired by nature.
Sigríður Aðalsteinsdóttir graduated from the School of Singing in spring 1995. Autumn 1995 she began studies in Vienna. First at Conservatorium of Music and later at the Music University from where she graduated in 2000. Sigríður began her singing career at the National Opera in Vienna in 1997 as soloist. She was a freelance singer with the house until 2002 and sang there various roles. In Iceland she has sung with the Icelandic Opera, Norðuróp and Óp – hópurinn. She has given numerous lied recitals and performed as a soloist with various choirs and orchestras.
Sigridur Osk appears frequently in operas and has performed over 20 roles. She also appears in oratorios and as a recitalist in Iceland and abroad. She recently sang the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Icelandic Opera and Waltraute in Wagner´s „Ride of the Valkyries“ with Lidal North at the Norwegian Opera House. She sang in the English National Opera‘s staging of Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm and at Glyndebourne, she performed the role of Fifth Nun in the first performance of Love and Other Demons by Peter Oötvös, conducted Vladimir Yorvosky. Sigridur Osk attended the Royal College of Music Opera School as a postgraduate student and graduated with an Artist Diploma and a Masters degree with merit. Previously, she had achieved a grade 8 in singing and a piano teaching diploma from the Reykjavík College of Music. Her current teacher is Sigrry Ella Magnus. Sigríður has appeared in many of the best known concert venues in London, such as the Royal Albert Hall and St. Martin- in- the –Fields. In the Cadogan Hall she sang a concert with Dame Emma Kirkby which was broadcast on Classic FM. Sigríður sang in a recording of Engel Lund´s Book of Folk Songs with the Lieder Theater London, published by Nimbus Records. Sigridur is a mebmer of the baroque ensemble Symphonia Angelica, they recently performed at the Reykjavík Artfestival with a program including e.g. Lucrezia by Handel. Sigridur Osk was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards as the classical singer of the year both in 2016 and 2017.
Sólborg began her piano education in Music School of Reykjavík when she was 8 year old. She continued her studying under Peter Máté’s direction in Iceland Academy of the Arts, where she gained her Bachelor degree in Spring 2009. Sólborg was then accepted into The Royal Academy of Music Aalborg/Aarhus the autumn of 2009 where she studied for her Master’s Degree under the direction of the following principal professors: Anne Øland and Thomas Tronhjem. She has participated in masterclasses tutored by professors like Irina Osipova, Staffan Scheja and Albert Mamriev. Sólborg graduated in Spring 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Music followed by a Diploma Degree in “Art of Teaching“ in Iceland Academy of the Arts Spring 2014 and is currently teaching piano in Music Schools. Sólborg has furthered her musical career by performing both as a Soloist and as an Accompanist to singers in different types of Chamber Groups, both in Iceland and Denmark.
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Ágúst Ólafsson (baritone) was born in Akureyri, Iceland. He studied at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Hynninen and Sauli Tiilikainen. In 2007 he signed on as a soloist at the Icelandic Opera. Among the roles he has sung there are the title role in Sweeney Todd, Nick Shadow (Rake’s Progress), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Marcello (La Bohème), Séra Torfi (Ragnheiður) and Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) for which he won the Icelandic Theater award – Griman – as the Singer of the year 2010. His latest role at the IO was Masetto in Don Giovanni conducted by Benjamin Levy. As a concert singer Ágúst has sung solos with conductors like Petri Sakari, Hannu Lintu and Paul McCreesh. In the 2004 Hugo Wolf Akademie´s international lied competition he and his duo partner, the pianist Izumi Kawakatsu, took second prize. Ágúst and the pianist Gerrit Schuil won the Icelandic Music Award 2011 as Performer of the year for their performance of all three song-cycles by F. Schubert (Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, Schwanengesang) at the 2010 Reykjavík Arts Festival. Ágúst also won the Icelandic Music Award as Male singer of the year, classical and modern music, 2013.
Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir soprano was born in Reykjavík, 1993. From early age she studied singing at the Suzuki Music School in Reykjavík. In 2004 she continued her studies at the Sigurður Demetz School of Vocal Arts with Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir and later with Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir. There she participated in various opera productions, for example as Adele in “Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss and as Susanna in “Le nozze di Figaro” by W. A. Mozart. In 2014 she began her bachelor studies at the “Hanns Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where she studies with professor Anna Korondi. In October 2015 Álfheiður won two prices at the international Perotti singing competition in Ueckermünde. Álfheiður works regularly with pianists and is in the lied class of the renowned pianist Wolfram Rieger. She has performed at various venues, for example at the Icelandic Embassy in Berlin, at the Berliner Philharmonic and at the Radialsystem Berlin. In 2016 Álfheiður became a participant in the “Live Music Now” project sponsored by the Yehudi Menuhin Association in Berlin.
Ástríður Alda Sigurðardóttir achieved her Recital Diploma at the Reykjavík College of Music under the guidance of Anna Þorgímsdóttir. Between 2000 and 2003 she studied with Reiko Neriki at Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music at Bloomington, where she gained her Artist Diploma. Ástríður has attended many master classes and private classes in piano and chamber music with artists such as Geörgy Sebök, Ludwig Hoffmann, Janos Starker, Jürgen Schröder and Olaf Dressler. Ástríður has performed widely, both as soloist or with other musicians. She has performed with the international Jugendsinfonie-orchester in Elbe-Weser in Germany, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Amateur Symphony Orchestra. Ástríður is a member of the Elektra Ensemble and the tango group Five to Tango. She has been one of the leading pianist in Pearls of Icelandic Song since 2010.
Þorsteinn Freyr Sigurðsson started his studies in 2005 in The Reykjavík College of Music where his main teacher was Elísabet Erlingsdóttir. In 2007 he moved on to the Iceland Academy of the Arts also studying with Elísabet Erlingsdóttir. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in 2010. Þorsteinn has partaken in productions associated with the Icelandic Opera. He played the role of Barbaruchio in the opera 'Eine Nacht in Venedig' by J. Strauss in an Opera Studio 2006. And in 'Cosi fan tutté' by Mozart, also an Opera Studio in 2008. Since then, Þorsteinn was a part-active member of the Icelandic Opera Coir 2008-2010 where he sang tenor in the operas Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti. Þorsteinn currently studies Masters at HFM Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin “HFM” and he has partaken in numerous productions associated with the University as well as outside it. productions such as: Ferrando in the opera 'Cosi fan tutté' by Mozart in the Hannover University of Music, the role of Fe-ni-han in the opera 'Ba-ta-clan' by Offenbach in HFM, Untitled role in the Operas 'Europera 3-4' by John Cage in HFM, Don Ottavio in the opera 'Don Giovanni' by Mozart with the Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra in Harpa, Il continuo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and many other smaller performances and concerts. Þorsteinn graduated in the summer of 2013 from Hanns Eisler with the highest mark and continued his studies with the renowned Soprane Janet Williams. From 2014 until the Start of 2017, Þorsteinn was employed at Theater Ulm in Ulm, Germany, where he sang Numerale lead roles including: Nemorino from Donizetti l’Elisir d’amore, Don Ottavio from Mozarts Don Giovanni, Ferrando from Mozarts Cosi fan tutte, Camille de Rosillon from Lehars Lustige Witwe (the merry Widow) as well as numerous smaller roles in the lyrical and Tenor buffo genre including Pong in Puccinis Turandot, Edmondo/Il maestro di ballo/Un lampionaio in Puccinis Manon Lescaut, Bob Boles in Brittens Peter Grimes.
In our New Year's programme, we will sing Icelandic songs and folk music of elves, trolls and outlaws. We tell the stories behind the songs and we introduce to you the traditions of Icelandic Christmas and New Year's.
The Program is sung in Icelandic and moderated in English.
You can buy tickets online here or get them at the Box office in Harpa
In 2010 the idee of starting a concert series with Icelandic Art songs and folk music came up. At that time the concert house Harpa was beeing build so our first home was a music school close to the harbour. We got a lot of young musicians to take part in this adventure and during the first summer we developed the concept of our programme.
When Harpa was opened in 2011 we where invited to perform our concerts there. Since then we have been part of the Harpa's summer programme and the our performances are already counted in hundreds. The musicians that have sunged or played in our concerts are already more that 50 and some have been a part of our concert series since the very beginning.
In 2012 we started a new years concert series as well, where we present Icelandic Christmas traditions and sing songs about elves and trolls.
After five very enjoyable years with Pearls of Icelandic song it is our hope that we will be able to keep on opening the exciting world of Icelandic art songs and folk music for our guest in the years to come.
Bjarni Thor Kristinsson - Artistic Director