Víkingur Ólafsson, named Artist of the Year at the 2019 Gramophone Awards in London, brings to the Reykjavík Art Festival a solo recital in Harpa Concert Hall. Last year, Ólafsson also won two BBC Music Magazine Awards, for Best Solo Album and Album of the Year in all categories, as well as being honoured with Germany’s Opus Klassik Award and two Icelandic Music Awards.
Ólafsson will perform a unique programme from his upcoming album, set for a spring release by Deutsche Grammophon. The first part fascinatingly juxtaposes the works of Claude Debussy and Jean-Philippe Rameau, two giants of French music, profoundly connected despite a 150 year divide. In the second part, he will perform one of the greatest works of Russian music, Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, in a magnificent transcription by Vladimir Horowitz.