Pianist and Artistic Director of Vinterfest
Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won all the major prizes in his native country, including four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards as well as The Icelandic Optimism Prize. Víkingur’s 2016/17 season includes performances of Haukur Tómasson’s new piano concerto with NDR Elbphilhamonie Orchester (world premiere) and Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as concerts with Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Yan Pascal Tortelier) and MDR Sinfonieorchester (Kristjan Järvi). In recital he will make his debut at Wiener Konzerthaus and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, as well in Leipzig and at the Istanbul Music Festival.
Víkingur’s debut album with Deutsche Grammophon featuring the Piano Études of Philip Glass came out at the end of January.
Since February 2016, Víkingur is the Artistic Director of Vinterfest, while continuing in the same role for the award-winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music, which he founded in 2012.
Vinterfest, Musik i Dalarna, Nybrogatan 12, S-791 71 Falun, Sweden
Project Manager Annika Nordkvist