The board of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra has appointed Lára Sóley Jóhannsdóttir as managing director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, commencing 1 August 2019. Harpa is the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Lára Sóley is a violinist and has worked as a musician and independent project manager in recent years. From 2010 to 2014 she was a project manager at the Hof Cultural Center in Akureyri and was also its substitute general manager. She has been concertmaster of the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra and executive manager of the summer concert series in Akureyri church. Lára Sóley has a BMus degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is currently completing a master’s degree in arts management from the same college.
Lára Sóley has been active in arts management, including as board member and member of the program committee of the North Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the board of KÍTÓN (Women in Music) and the board of the Akureyri Music Society.
Lára Sóley is 37 years old, married to Hjalti Jónsson, a psychiatrist and musician, and they have three children. Lára Sóley succeeds Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, who has held the position of managing director for the past six years, and is about to begin her tenure as managing director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.