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Young soloists – Iceland Symphony Orchestra

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Each year the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland University of the Arts sponsor a competition for young soloists. The competition is open to students at the collegiate level, and the winners perform a solo concerto with the Iceland Symphony. At the podium is Brazilian conductor Ligia Amadio, Chief Conductor of the Montevideo Philharmonic in Uruguay, who conducted the Iceland Symphony’s Women’s concert in 2015 with excellent results.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland University of the Arts join forces to support our most talented young performers on their path towards the world of professional musicianship. This concert is eagerly anticipated every year, and the atmosphere at the concert is nothing short of magical. The Iceland Symphony-Iceland University soloists’ competition takes place in autumn 2018, and the winners’ names will be published on the orchestra’s website when the results are known.


  • Program

    Gustave Charpentier Depuis le jour, from Louise
    Leonard Bernstein Glitter and be Gay, from Candide
    W.A. Mozart Der Hölle Rache…, from The Magic Flute
    Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor
    Samuel Barber Must the Winter Come So Soon, from Vanessa
    W.A. Mozart Smanie implacabili, from Cosi fan tutte
    Gustav Mahler Urlicht
    Jean Sibelius Var det en dröm, from Five Songs
    Georges Bizet Habanera, from Carmen
    Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor

    Ligia Amadio

    Winners of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Iceland University of the Arts soloists’ competition

    Harpa Ósk Björnsdóttir, singer
    Guðbjartur Hákonarson, violinist
    Silja Elsabet Brynjarsdóttir, singer
    Hjörtur Páll Eggertsson, Cellist