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Young Soloists — Iceland Symphony

The future of music in Iceland depends in no small part on the young people who study here or are taking their first steps in the professional world. The annual young soloists’ competition gives outstanding students the opportunity to perform a concerto or sing a selection of vocal music with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra — an invaluable experience for any classical musician.

The Iceland Symphony sponsors the competition in cooperation with the Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA). It is open to university-level students, irrespective of which school they attend. This concert is eagerly anticipated every year, and the atmosphere at the concert is nothing short of magical.

The competition was held in autumn 2020, and the winners are Íris Björk Gunnarsdóttir, Johanna Brynja Ruminy, Jón Arnar Einarsson and Marta Kristín Friðriksdóttir.

At the podium is Finland’s Anna-Maria Helsing, who has conducted the Iceland Symphony numerous times, with excellent results. She was Chief Conductor of the Oulu Symphony from 2010 through 2013, the first woman to hold such a position in Finland.

Ticket sales and concertgoer’s guide
In accordance to local health regulations and to ensure the safety of our patrons, the Eldborg concert hall in Harpa has been divided into several areas, each with a maximum capacity of 100 guests. To ensure space between guests, at least one empty seat will be reserved between each ticket order. We also offer seats that ensure a distance of 2 meters on all sides, but these tickets must be booked through the Harpa ticket office, tel. 528-5050. Read our concertgoer’s guide here.

Students under age 25 and music students can buy tickets at 1,800 kr. upon presentation of an Iceland Symphony Student Card at the Harpa Ticket Office. Read more here.

  • Program

    Georges Bizet: Je dis que rien, from Carmen
    Ruggero Leoncavallo: Stridono lassu, from I Pagliacci
    Giacomo Puccini: Tu che di gel sei sinta, from Turandot
    Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
    Paul Creston: Fantasy for trombone and orchestra
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Non mi dir, from Don Giovanni
    Giacomo Puccini: Tu che di gel sei sinta, from Turandot
    Giuseppe Verdi: Ciel! Dammi corragio, from Rigoletto
    Sigfús Einarsson: Draumalandið

    CONDUCTOR
    Anna-Maria Helsing

    SOLOISTS
    Íris Björk Gunnarsdóttir soprano
    Johanna Brynja Ruminy violin
    Jón Arnar Einarsson trombone
    Marta Kristín Friðriksdóttir soprano

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