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As part of the 2019 New Music for Strings Festival Iceland, an excitingly diverse group of early professional and graduate artists have converged in Reykjavík to create and perform ground-breaking string music together. These early career composers and performers, hailing from many countries, will present their own work and that which they developed under the guidance of NMFS’s world-renown faculty.
Admission is free and everyone welcome!
This special glimpse of next-generation artists comes to you through the generous support of Ýlir music fund.
NMFS is a unique festival that brings together string players and composers internationally to collaborate and study at the highest level. It is aimed primarily at exploring the space between string players and composers. Among NMFS’s artists are many Grammy and Pulitzer winners, as well as many faculty from top conservatories worldwide. Past festivals include: Denmark 2016, New York 2017, Denmark & Iceland 2018, and Iceland & New York 2019. The 4 concerts and many educational events featured over 7 days in this year’s Icelandic festival are proudly presented alongside those of partner organization, Harpa International Music Academy (HIMA). Events are also hosted by the Iceland Academy of the Arts with additional support from many Nordic and North American partners.
The culminating Festival Gala Concert, presented jointly with HIMA on Aug. 15, will feature a combined faculty-student orchestra led by the Emerson String Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, as well as music of NMFS faculty composer Chen Yi (through the generous support of Norðurljós Confucius Institute). Music in each concert will evoke this year’s theme of “Scenes and Soundscapes” through cinematic narratives, exotic textural spaces, or abstract journeys of the imagination. Please see www.newmusicforstrings.org.