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Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson

Pianist

 

Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson had his debut with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and has long since gained national acclaim for his musical work. Last June he was granted the highest grade of the President of Iceland´s Order of the Falcon and has received a number of other recognitions, a.o. four times as Performer of the Year at the Icelandic Music Prize.

Víkingur is a sought-after soloist and has a.o. performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg, and Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin.

During the next months he will perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Last year he gave solo recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Eldborg Hall at Harpa Concert Hall, and La Roque d‘Anthéron piano festival in France, MITO festival in Milano, the concert series International Piano Series in London, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center in New York.

He has received commendable reviews in papers like Dagens Nyheter, Le Monde, The Independent, New York Times, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.

Víkingur´s first CD for the label Grammophon, where he performs piano works by Philip Glass, was released a year ago and has unanimously received positive reviews.

Víkingur now works on his second album for DG, which will be released later this year, containing music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Víkingur performed the music of the film Darkest Hour by director Joe Wright, which tells the story of Winston Churchill and takes place during WW2. The score is by Italian composer Dairo Marianelli and was released on DG last November.

Víkingur is the Artistic Director of the music festival Reykjavík Midsummer Music and Vinterfest in Sweden. He created the television series Útúrdúr (2012-13) with Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir and founded the label Dirrindí in 2009.

Víkingur studied piano with Erla Stefánsdóttir and Peter Máté and later on with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He received a grant for many years from the Birgir Einarsson Memorial Fund.