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7. June 2016 : New season 2016-2017

Harpa will be the venue for a symphonic celebration almost every week in Reykjavik, during the coming season 2016-2017. Concertgoers can expect a marvelous experience with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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21. January 2016 : Extended contract with Principal Guest Conductor Osmo Vänskä

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra announced today that it has extended Osmo Vänskä's position as Principal Guest Conductor through to the 2019/20 season. Read more

6. October 2015 : Yan Pascal Tortelier Named Chief Conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that it has named Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next Chief Conductor. The French maestro, who was selected through the musicians' committee unanimous decision, will assume the three-year tenure in September 2016.

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15. April 2015 : The 4th annual Tectoncics Reykjavik Music Festival

The fourth annual Tectonics Reykjavik Festival, (Thursday April 16; Friday April 17, 2015) brings together revolutionary composers and legendary musicians from four continents in a two-day marathon, programmed by conductor and ever-curious polymath, Ilan Volkov.  Read more

27. February 2015 : Daníel Bjarnason new Artist-in-residence

Daníel Bjarnason has been appointed Artist-in-Residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, where he will fill a number of roles as conductor, composer, member of the ISO programme selection committee, and leader of the composers' workshop.

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13. January 2015 : Sibelius 150 years birth anniversary

The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. A special-series ticket, the Sibelius-Trilogy, will give it's holder a 20%-discount off tickets to three concerts containing Sibelius's music, providing they are bought simultaneously. Read more
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9. September 2013 : Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir appointed the Managing Director

Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir has newly been appointed the Managing Director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra from 1st September 2013.
She has been the Concert Manager of the orchestra since 2007 and performed in the orchestra as a flautist from 2000-2004.
Arna Kristín studied at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.
She also has an MA in Cultural Administration from Bifröst University in Iceland.
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15. February 2013 : ISO invited to the Nordic Cool in Kennedy Center

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been invited to the Nordic cultural festival Nordic Cool, to be held at Washington DC's Kennedy Center from 19 February to 17 March 2013. The ISO is flying west with an exciting programme that will be previewed in Harpa before departing.

Two of the four works on the programme are Icelandic: a new work by Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson and AERIALITY by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, which was premiered by the ISO in 2011. Just this spring, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir received the Nordic Prize for her work Dreymi, which was also premiered by the ISO.

The programme is rounded out by two other Nordic works: Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor and Jean Sibelius' Lemminkäinen Suite, op 22.

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3. February 2012 : Tectonics Music Festival

Tectonics Music Festival

March 1. - 3. 2012
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra proudly presents the launch of Tectonics, a three-day festival of contemporary music curated by the ISO's Music Director, Ilan Volkov.

This March, Reykjavik's Harpa Concert Hall comes to life with 17 concerts and events featuring more than 150 musicians, composers and amateurs. The festival will present different genres of music, classical and electronic music, improvisation, noise and many more. The festival expands to Harpa's four halls and its foyer, with some of the works especially written for the location.

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22. September 2011 : Ilan Volkov's first concert as Music Director on 29. september.

Conductor Ilan Volkov will conduct his first concert as Music Director of the Iceland Symphony in Reykjavík on Thursday, 29 September. The concert, which takes place in the newly-opened Harpa Concert Hall, will feature Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 7 as well as works by Toru Takemitsu with Icelandic flautist Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, a recent finalist in the Carl Nielsen Flute Competition. The following day, Volkov will lead a conducting masterclass in Harpa, where he give advice to four young conductors from Brazil, Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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