Photo: Karólína Thorarensen
Víkingur Ólafsson holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School. The Icelandic pianist was the youngest nominee for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2009, and has collaborated with musicians including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pietari Inkinen, Martin Fröst, Ilan Volkov, Björk, Petri Sakari and Roberto Abbado, and performed with orchestras including Ulster Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He was chosen by Ashkenazy to be the soloist in the May 2011 inauguration concerts of Harpa, Reykjavíks new symphony hall. Ólafsson is also the founder and artistic director of the festival Reykjavík Midsummer Music. Recent highlights include recital debuts at The Buson festival (Bolzano), The Mito festival (Torino) and The Nordic Cool Festival (Washington DC), the premiere of a Piano Concerto written for him by Atli Ingólfsson (Tectonics Festival), recordings for BBC with clarinetist/composer Mark Simpson, the completion and airing of ten TV programmes on music (for The Icelandic Broadcasting Service), and the release of a Winterreise CD/DVD with bass Kristinn Sigmundsson.