Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir

Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir is the Principal Flute of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She studied flute playing in Iceland, England, and in Paris. Her main teacher was William Bennett at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where Hallfríður has herself on several occasions taught master classes. Hallfríður regularly plays solo concerti with the Iceland Symphony, is the founder of Camerarctica chamber ensemble and is an avid flute teacher and coach of youth orchestras. Her enthusiasm for music education has resulted in the much awarded and globally successful project called Maximus Musicus, which involves illustrated children's books with audio as well as symphonic performances. Lately, Hallfríður has increasingly been conducting ensembles and orchestras, amongst others the Iceland Symphony and the Sinfonia Nord, as well as youth orchestras and ensembles specialising in contemporary music. Among other awards, Hallfríður is Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (ARAM) since 2002 and was in 2014 awarded the Icelandic Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon for her contribution towards musical education of children.