– The Times

Anders Jakobsson, Staffan Eriksson och Elisabeth Lagergren ur Dalasinfoniettan
Kammarmusik i Orsa Kyrka
Piano och stjärnhimmel

The International Chamber Music Festival Vinterfest is a rich and inspiring musical celebration in the stunning heart of the Swedish countryside. Artistic Director Víkingur Ólafsson gathers an impressive array of international talent to create a sophisticated and innovative programme performed in warm and atmospheric venues with a glistening wintry outside setting. Praised by both audience and press, Vinterfest is, according to German National Radio, “a wintry, idyllic chamber music paradise”.

Artistic Director Víkingur Ólafsson, Photo: Ari Magg

Víkingur Ólafsson

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