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.
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ReykjavikLA / Reykjavík

Stravinsky, Adams
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Daníel Bjarnason; Leila Josefowicz; The Hamrahlíð Choirs

ReykjavikHollywood / Reykjavík

Rózsa, Arnold, Steiner, Mancini, Williams
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Richard Kaufman

ReykjavikOttensamer and Canellakis

Mendelssohn, Stamitz, Beach, Brahms
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Andreas Ottensamer

ReykjavikIcelandic Symphony on Airwaves

Thorvaldsdóttir, Guðnadóttir, Sigfúsdóttir, Jónsdóttir
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Anna-Maria Helsing
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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 16-17 SEASON
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.