Víkingur Ólafsson plays Brahms Intermezzo op 116 no 4
“Iceland’s rising star of a pianist” (London Times), Víkingur Ólafsson is quickly establishing his reputation as an exceptional young artist.
Described by The New York Sun as “born to play the piano”, Ólafsson has given numerous performances at prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, Asia and America, performing repertoire ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to the present. Among the 20 piano concertos in his performed repertoire are concertos written for him by Snorri Sigfús Birgisson (2006), Daníel Bjarnason (2009) and Haukur Tómasson (2010).
Upon graduating from The Juilliard School in 2008, he founded the record label Dirrindí and has recorded 3 albums to critical acclaim: Debut (2009) featuring works by Brahms and Beethoven, Chopin-Bach (2011) and most recently, Winterreise (2012) with bass Kristinn Sigmundsson.
He is the artistic director of Reykjavík Midsummer Music, a chamber music festival which takes place annually around summer solstice in Harpa Concert Hall.
His awards and recognitions include three Icelandic Music awards, The American-Scandinavian Society Cultural Prize and Icelandic Optimism Prize 2009, awarded by the presidential office to an outstanding artist in any field.