15. November 2019

Iceland Symphony tours Germany and Austria

Concert Tour 12 – 17 November 2019

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra embarks on a concert tour of Germany and Austria in November 2019, under the baton of Daníel Bjarnason. The halls in which the ISO will perform are among the foremost in their respective countries: Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Herkulessaal in München. Soloists will be Víkingur Ólafsson, who is the Artist-in-Residence at the Konzerthaus, and Croatian hornist Radovan Vlatković, who is unequivocally the foremost horn player of the present day.

Read more about the venue and buy tickets to each concert here.

Two Icelandic compositions will play leading roles during the tour. Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Aeriality is well on its way to becoming one of the most frequently performed Icelandic orchestral works written in recent decades. It has been performed in numerous halls worldwide, including the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Royal Festival Hall in London, and Symphony Hall in Boston, and foreign critics have called it a masterwork. Aeriality is one of the pieces on Deutsche Grammophon's portrait disc of Anna's music. 


Iceland Symphony performs Aeriality by Anna Thorvaldsdottir in Harpa Concert Hall in 2011

The Iceland Symphony will also perform Daníel Bjarnason's piano concerto, Processions, which was premiered by the orchestra in 2009. “Concertgoers floated out of the hall with a new faith in the future,” wrote one critic after the premiere. Since then the concerto has been heard widely, to rave reviews from the international media.