Ever since it held its first concert in autumn 2009, the Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra has been one of the mainstays of orchestral work for young musicians in Iceland. Each year, nearly 100 young people from music schools around Iceland have gathered together under the aegis of the Iceland Symphony to form the Youth Orchestra, and the results have been nothing short of awe-inspiring. The Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra was awarded the Brightest Hope prize at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2017.
To commemorate its tenth year of music-making, the orchestra will join forces with a first-rate group of young soloists and youth choirs in a gala concert with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 as the centrepiece. The Ninth marked a turning point in that it was not only the composer’s last symphony but also the first ever to include vocalists. Its impact on the evolution of the 19th-century symphonic form cannot be overstated. It will be quite a spectacle to see over 200 Icelandic young people join hands to perform this cornerstone of Western music, culminating in the unforgettable Ode to Joy.
Russian conductor Daniel Raiskin leads the Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra, drawing on his extensive experience leading youth groups in ambitious projects. Raiskin has previously conducted the orchestra twice, as well as conducting the Iceland Symphony with outstanding results.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 9
Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra
Alexander Jarl Þorsteinsson
Flensborg College Choir
Hamrahlíð College Choir
Iceland Academy of the Arts Choir
Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson, Hrafnhildur Blomsterberg, Hreiðar Ingi Þorsteinsson, Magnús Ragnarsson, Sigurður Halldórsson and Þorvaldur Örn Davíðsson, choir directors