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Concerts

It sounds good!

Harpa offers top facility for musical performances and all framework for various music events are optimal. Diversity is at the forefront and all musical genres can find home in Harpa. 

Harpa is a concert house of the public. Emphasis is placed on professional ambition and diversity so that the music in the house is a cross section of Icelandic music. The house is also a forum for Icelandic musicians and their music making, as well as the excellent international artists and bands. The house offers high quality acoustics that is suitable for all music. The concert halls are in various sizes and all the facilities of high quality.

Harpa has already welcomed an impressive cast of celebrated musicians and cultural icons to its halls since it’s opening in May 2011. International performers have included Jamie Cullum, Burt Bacharach, Bryan Ferry, Chris Cornell, Tony Bennett, Bryan Adams, Patti Smith, Dionne Warwick, Chick Corea, Elvis Costello and James Taylor. Music wonders such as the jazz mentor Wynton Marsalis, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, the world-renowned pianist Maria Joao Pires, the violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov, the conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the young pianist Daniil Trifonov have made Eldborg hall vibrate. World’s top Orchestras like Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philhamoniker, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently Philharmonia Orchestra have performed at Harpa. At Reykjavik Arts Festival 2016 the world famous San Francisco Ballet danced under the direction of Helgi Tómasson and was highly praised for its performance. Harpa welcomes St. Petersburg Festival Ballet every year, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on tour has once made Eldborg a tour destination and STOMP visited Harpa and entertained the audience. Harpa has also welcomed many of the best Stand-Up comedians for example Gabriel Iglasias, Jef Dunham, Jimmy Carr and Eddie Izzard.

Various music festivals are held regularly in the building including Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik Midsummer Music, Dark Music Days, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Harpa International Music Academy, Sónar Reykjavík and Tectonics. Well-known Icelandic musicians who have appeared in Harpa include Björk, Bubbi, Stuðmenn, Nýdönsk, Of Monsters and Men, Múm, Hjaltalín, Mugison among many others.

The Harpa residents, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic Opera and Reykjavik Big Band nourish the halls with endless music. Múlinn Jazzclub plays weekly in Björtuloft, The Tin Drum appears montly in Kaldalón and Classical Sundays can be heard every week in Norðurljós or Kaldalón. Pearls of Icelandic songs, How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes, Reykjavík Classics and Icelandic Sagas delight our foreign visitors. The Upbeat, Ómkvörnin and Reykjavík Children’s Culture Festival are annual events and the music loving mouse Maxímús greets the youngest visitors at various occasions.

At Harpa everyone can find something to enjoy. Welcome!


Festivals

Concert Series

  • Arngrímur Fannar Haraldsson

    Account Manager- Music

    arngrimur@harpa.is

    528 5017 / 692 1313

  • Ása Briem

    Account Manager- Music

    asa@harpa.is

    528 5022 / 848 3941

  • Melkorka Ólafsdóttir

    Programme Manager - Music

    melkorka@harpa.is

    528 5057 / 693 3919