Guide to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

© Hansueli Krapf
© Hansueli Krapf
preview to the 2017-18 season

From French wit to Icelandic sagas

For its second season under the leadership of principal conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra offers a wonderfully balanced programme. As well as featuring some of the world’s leading soloists, Icelandic composers and performers are also championed.
November 2017
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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ReykjavikVíkingur plays Mozart

Mozart, Strauss R.
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Dima Slobodeniouk; Víkingur Ólafsson

ReykjavikMozart and Arvo Pärt

Pärt, Mozart
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Víkingur Ólafsson; Nicola Lolli; Sigurgeir Agnarsson

ReykjavikAdvent at the Symphony

Bach, Mozart
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan Cohen; Sally Matthews

ReykjavikChristmas at the Symphony

Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Bernharður Wilkinson; Reykjavík Girls’ Choir; Iceland Ballet Academy
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Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Gothenburg

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra's tour to the acoustically excellent Göteborgs konserthus in Sweden for a concert of Sibelius, Strauss and Thorvaldsdóttir was an obvious success, demonstrating an orchestral sound that deserves to be heard abroad more often. 
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Iceland Symphony's Scenic Debut

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra give an assured performance in their debut concert at the Proms, most successfully in the new compositions of their compatriots.
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Dark Music Days in Reykjavik

For 24 years, the festival of Dark Music Days has fuelled imagination with contemporary music, thanks to the initiative of the Icelandic Composer’s Union. And with the advent of a glamorous concert hall in the midst of crisis and bankruptcy, the glittering Harpa, the crowds have grown in numbers every year.
looking back at the 2016 - 2017 season

Ice and magma: Nordic focus for Tortelier

A focus on Nordic composers, including Anna Thorvaldsdottir, marks Yan Pascal Tortelier’s first season at the helm in Iceland.