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Guide to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

© Hansueli Krapf
© Hansueli Krapf
Yan Pascal Tortelier © Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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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ReykjavikBeethoven's Fate Symphony

Tómasson, Schumann, Beethoven
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Eivind Aadland; Baiba Skride

ReykjavikRavel and Prokofiev

Gounod, Prokofiev, Ravel
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier; Nicola Lolli

ReykjavikLove and Fate

Schumann, Beethoven
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier; Þóra Einarsdóttir; Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir; Guðrún Dalía Salómonsdóttir

ReykjavikMattila Sings Wagner

Webern, Wagner, Berlioz
Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier; Karita Mattila
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Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Gothenburg

Víkingur Ólafsson © Ari Magg
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

Volkov conducts the Iceland Symphony Orchestra © Alistair Muir
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

Daniel Bjarnason © Samantha West
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
Anna Thorvaldsdottir © Kristinn Ingvarsson
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.