Vikingur Ólafsson, born in 1984, has over the last few years taken the world by storm, thanks to his innovative style and explosive virtuoso playing. In 2018 he released the album Johann Sebastian Bach, which BBC Music Awards named Album of the Year in 2019. The Gramophone maintained that the album was 'one of the best Bach recordings ever', choosing him as Artist of the Year.
Vikingur Ólafsson has performed with major orchestras, including the LA Philharmonic, the Philharmonia (London) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has also participated in the production of two television series about classical music, and has established his own chamber music festival in Iceland.
This is the first time he appears as a soloist at the Bergen International Festival. In Håkonshallen he performs works by Debussy and Rameau featured on his latest album, released in 2020.
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) From La Damoiselle élue The Blessed Damozel, L 62 Prélude
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) From Suite in E minor, RCT 2 4. Le Rappel des Oiseaux 6. Rigaudon I — Rigaudon II et Double 7. Musette en Rondeau. Tendrement 8. Tambourin 9. La Villageoise. Rondeau 3. Gigue en Rondeau I 4. Gigue en Rondeau II
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) From Estampes, L 100 3. Jardins sous la pluie Gardens in the rain From Children's Corner, L 113 3. Serenade for the Doll 4. The Snow is Dancing
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) From Suite in D major, RCT 3 1. Les Tendres Plaintes (Rondeau) 7. Les Tourbillons (Rondeau) 6. L'Entretien des Muses
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) From Preludes, L 117 6. Des Pas sur la Neige Footprints in the Snow
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) From Suite in D major, RCT 3 4. La Joyeuse (Rondeau) 8. Les Cyclopes (Rondeau) From Les Boréades, RCT 31 Les Heures et les Arts The Hours and the Arts, transcribed by Vikingur Ólafsson
Claude Debussy (1862–1918) From Préludes Book 1, L 117 8. La fille aux chevaux de lin The Girl with the Flaxen Hair From Préludes Book 2, L 123 8. Ondine
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764) Suite i G-dur, RCT 5 12. La Poule The Hen 10 and 11. Menuett 1 and 2 14. Les Sauvages The Savages 15. L'Enharmonique The Enharmonic 16. L'Egyptienne The Egyptian Woman
Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881) Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade 1. The Gnome Promenade 2. The Old Castle Promenade 3. Tuileries (Children's Quarrel after Games) 4. Cattle Promenade 5. Ballet of Unhatched Chicks 6. 'Samuel' Goldenberg and 'Schmuÿle' Promenade 7. Limoges. The Market (The Great News) 8. Catacombs (Roman Tomb) – With the Dead in a Dead Language 9. The Hut on Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga) 10. The Bogatyr Gates (In the Capital in Kiev)