Þóra Kristín Gunnarsdóttir, piano, and Desirée Mori, mezzo-soprano
Brahms – Zemlinsky – Alma Mahler
Pianist Thóra Kristín Gunnarsdóttir and mezzo-soprano Desirée Mori perform songs by the fascinating and contradictory Alma Mahler, 6 Songs Op. 13 by Alma’s composition teacher Alexander von Zemlinsky and songs by Johannes Brahms, whom Zemlinsky admired greatly.
Thóra Kristín Gunnarsdóttir received a master’s degree from the University of Lucerne in 2017 and was awarded highest acclaim for her final concert. In the fall of 2017, she began her studies at The University of the Arts in Zurich, where she focuses on chamber music and Lied accompaniment. In addition to her studies she teaches and performs concerts with the various singers and instrumentalists.
Desirée Mori mezzo-soprano, began performing with choirs, big bands and in musicals from a young age. She studied singing at the of Winterthur Conservatory and went on to receive her bacelor´s degree from the University of Lucerne. Since 2017 she has been studying with Scot Weir at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and appears regularly in concerts throughout Switzerland and is currently taking her first steps on the opera stage.
The HARPA Welcome Series presents home concerts with young musicians. 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 concerts are a part of Harpa´s Classical Sundays series and take place, either at 4 pm in the open space on the first floor or at 8pm in Björtuloft.
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