The Loviisa Sibelius Festival

VIKINGUR OLAFSSON, piano

Víkingur Ólafsson (b. 1984) is widely considered the pre-eminent pianist of his native country Iceland.  He studied with Erla Stefánsdóttir and Peter Máté and graduated from the class of Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School in New York in 2008.

Víkingur has won all the major prizes in his native country, including four Musician of the Year prizes and the Icelandic Optimism Prize.  He possesses a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity.

To date he has premiered six piano concertos and worked with composers including Philip Glass, Mark Simpson and Daníel Bjarnason. Among the musicians he has collaborated with are Martin Fröst, Sayaka Shoji, Pekka Kuusisto and Björk.

This season includes performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He tours with Daníel Bjarnason and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as well as the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since February 2016, Víkingur is the Artistic Director of Vinterfest in Sweden, while continuing in the same role for the award-winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music, which he founded in 2012.

In 2016 Víkingur signed as an exclusive recording artist to Deutsche Grammophon, with his debut album of Philip Glass’s Etudes in January 2017. In April this year Víkingur recorded his newest album, featuring the piano works of Bach, which will be released in autumn 2018.