Vocalist Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir, accompanied by Mikael Máni Ásmundsson, guitar, Birgir Steinn Theodorsson, double bass and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, percussion, perform a diverse program that consists of standards, Modern Jazz, experimental improvisation, gentle soul music and songs by Anna Sóley of course.
Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir began playing the violin at an early age and at eighteen she finished the sixth grade from The Reykjavík College of Music where she began her vocl studies with Þórunn Guðmundsdóttir and Hlín Pétursdóttir Behrens. She was fascinated by jazz music and took private lessons with jazz singer Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, before entering the FÍH Jazz Academy in Reykjavík, where teachers were Ragnheiður Gröndal and Guðlaug Ólafsdóttir. The program of the graduation concert in 2016 was largely built around her own compositions.
Anna Sóley currently studies jazz and pop singing with Izaline Calister at hte ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem in the Netherlands, as well as focusing on her own song-writing.
The Harpa Welcome Home Series is hosted by the Icelandic Musicians Association. It reaches out to those who have recently finished their studies abroad, inviting them to introduce themselves and their accomplishments to the audience at home, thus giving them a platform and an opening into professional life as musicians. Some young artists create their professional ground abroad and this series offers a possibility for our audience to follow their progress. Others come home to nurture other young talents and play a part in the extensive Icelandic musical scene. The Harpa Welcome Series shares with you our best young international Icelandic musicians: vocalists and instrumentalists, composers and ensembles of every genre — at home—in Reykjavik’s extraordinary Harpa Concert Hall.
Presented in cooperation with the Association of Icelandic Musicians.
The concert is part of Harpa´s Classical Sundays series and takes place at 8 pm in the Björtuloft hall on 5th floor.
08.09.2019 Passion and Malice
15.09.2019 Women of Note
29.09. 2019 The Chamber Music Society #1: Brahms & Tanyev
06.10.2019 Camerarctica – Mozart arias and Brahms
20.10.2019 The Chamber Music Society #2: Mozart & Schumann
27.10.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Three Frenchmen and Schumann
03.11.2019 Icelandic Songs with Ragnheiður Gröndal
10.11.2019 Sólveig Thoroddsen – The Harp in Harp
17.11.2019 The Chamber Music Society #3 – Camerarctica
24.11.2019 Sonatas for Cello and Piano
08.12.2019 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert
19.01.2020 The Chamber Music Society #4 – Kodály and Rakhmaninov
26.01.2020: Popular Romantic Lieder
02.02.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble
09.02.2020 Stirni Ensemble
16.02.2020 Hulda Jónsdóttir and Ragnar Jónsson
16.02.2020 Anna Sóley Ásmundsdóttir and Ensemble
23.02.2020 Suites and Waltzes from East and West
01.03.2020 Cauda Collective
08.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #5 – Siggi String Quartet
15.03.2020 The Chamber Music Society #6 – Weinberg and Shostakovich
22.03.2020: Björk Níelsdóttir and Matthildur Anna – Total Chaos
29.03.2020 Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven for 250 years
13.04.2020 Minua Jazz Trio
19.04.2020 Bach and the Children – Icelandic Strings
03.05.2020 Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler
10.05.2020 String Quartets
24.05.2020 Brák Baroque Ensemble