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Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Meet Harpa’s finest

Founded in 1950, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra is the national orchestra of Iceland and one of the leading institutions on the country’s cultural scene. Resident orchestra in Reykjavik‘s Harpa concert hall, it has distinguished itself as one of the leading Nordic orchestras through its many performances and recordings.

Each season the orchestra presents a full season of subscription series, school and family concerts, and concerts devoted to modern music. The majority of the orchestra’s concerts are broadcast live on radio by the National Broadcasting Service, and selected concerts are televised and streamed live online.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, BIS, Chandos, Naxos, and Ondine. On tour the orchestra has visited Great Britain, USA, Germany, France and Japan. Writing in The New York Times, the critic Alex Ross described the orchestra’s performance under Osmo Vänskä as “sensational… one of the finest Sibelius performances I have encountered.”


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