Last Sunday, the Reykjavík Midsummer Music 2019 music festival ended at Harpa. This was the seventh time the festival takes place at Harpa but the Artistic Director and Founder of the festival is Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson pianist. The program this year was quite amazing where Víkingur took the lead and played at all concert of this year’s festival.
The festival has never been as big and well attended as this year, with two events in Eldborg main hall, three in Norðurljós and one event that was in the concert hall Mengi in downtown Reykjavik. In total, ten world-renowned artists came to Iceland for the weekend along with well known local musicians, who performed on this brightest weekend of the year in Iceland. Harpa was proud to host musicians like Katia and Marielle Labèque sisters from France who received a standing ovation when they finished the festival. The sisters also performed one work six-handed with Vikingur in Eldborg. Violin and violinist Yura Lee from the United States who played all days, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich who fascinated everyone this weekend, London based clarinet player and composer Mark Simpsons and Icelandic flute player Emilia Rós, to name a few. All those world-famous musicians in their field, together in Harpa, playing at this amazing festival of Viking Heiðar.
The festival is biannual and will, therefore, be next in 2021. Harpa thanks Viking and employees of Reykjavík Midsummer Music for their collaboration this year and we would also like to thank all the many guests who visited Harpa during the festival.
We cannot wait for Reykjavík Midsummer Music in 2021 in Harpa.
Attached are photos that were taken by Leifur Wilberg Orrason during the festival.