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Solo recital with harp-player Sólveig Thoroddsen.
Félix Godefroid (1818 – 1897)
Étude de concert en Mi ♭ mineur
Henriette Renié(1875 – 1956)
Légende d´après les Elfes de Leconte de Lisle
Maja Palser (f. 1984)
Marcel Tournier (1879 – 1951)
Vers la source dans le bois
John Thomas (1826 – 1913)
Sólveig Thoroddsen attended the Tónskóli Sigursveins in Reykavík where she began playing the harp under the guidance of Marion Herrera and Sophie Schoonjans.
In the autumn of 2009 she continued her studies in Cardiff and graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where Caryl Thomas had been her principal teacher but she had also studied with Meinir Heulyn and Valerie Aldrich-Smith. Her first acquaintance with the triple harp was through Welsh harpist Robin Huw Bowen and her interest in the older types of the harp led Sólveig to enter a Master’s program at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany where her principal teacher was Margit Schultheiß.
Sólveig graduated in July 2016 and now works in Bremen and the surrounding area, where she plays with chamber groups such as the Capella Santa Croce and Trio Sernisol.
Legend by Henriette Renié refers to a poem by the same name by French nineteenth-century poet Leconte de Lisle, quite similar to a well-known Icelandic poem which describes the dire consequences of a young man´s encounter with beings from the elfin world.
The Swiss-Welsh Maja Palser’s atomer was written for Sólveig in the spring of 2013 and is therefore a premiere in Iceland.
Welsh composer Morfa Rhuddlan’s work is a variation on a folk tune from Wales whereas the music of Marcel Tournier is set to describe a well in the middle of a forest, towards which the audience is drawn.
Étude, the name of the piece by Félix Godefroid reflects its form and the expressive and delicate melodies say more than many words.
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 at 4 pm in Hörpuhorn, the open space on the first floor or at 8pm in Björtuloft.
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