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Víkingur Ólafsson

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Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644 : J.S. Bach: Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644 - Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. Kurtág) Víkingur Ólafsson, Johann Sebastian Bach 01:45
Sleep for Mama (Icelandic Folk Song) Víkingur Ólafsson 02:39
Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528 : J.S. Bach: Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528 - II. Andante [Adagio] (Transcr. by August Stradal) Víkingur Ólafsson, Johann Sebastian Bach 05:26
Glassworks : Glass: Glassworks - Opening Víkingur Ólafsson, Philip Glass 07:44
I Need More Haley Bennett, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Víkingur Ólafsson 02:56
…And at the Hour of Death Víkingur Ólafsson 02:32
Someone To Say Peter Dinklage, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner 02:51
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525 : J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525 - I. (Allegro moderato) (Transcr. Kurtág) Víkingur Ólafsson, Halla Oddný Magnúsdóttir, Johann Sebastian Bach 02:24
Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 : J.S. Bach: Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - II. Adagio Víkingur Ólafsson 04:10
J.S. Bach: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, Chorale Prelude BWV 734 (Transcr. Wilhelm Kempff) Víkingur Ólafsson, Johann Sebastian Bach 01:51

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Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson made his considerable mark on the world of classical music by performing new piano concertos by the likes of Philip Glass, Daníel Bjarnason and Haukur Tómasson. He extended his international reputation further with a varied range of collaborations with Sayaka Shoji, Pekka Kuusisto and Björk, as well as visual artists Roman Signer and Lillevän. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland on February 14, 1984, he was taught to play at a young age by his mother - a music teacher - and went on earn a master's degree at New York's famous Juiliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald. Víkingur Ólafsson went on to win several prestigious awards in Iceland and formed his own record label to release his first album, Debut, in 2009. The album featured works composed by Brahms and Beethoven. He followed that album with Chopin-Bach (2011) and Schubert's Winterreise (2012), which was named Classical Album of the Year in that year's Icelandic Music Awards. In 2016, he was signed to an exclusive recording contract by Deutsche Grammophon, and released the album Philip Glass: Piano Works featuring the American composer's piano etudes written over two decades. He went on to premier Haukur Tómasson's new piano concerto with NDR Elbphilhamonie Orchester and Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. His thoughtfully assembled recitals following different themes and his attention to detail made him a popular live attraction all over the world. He has also presented two Icelandic TV series about classical music and in 2016 he took over as artistic director of Iceland's Vinterfest and became founder and artistic director of the Reykjavik Midsummer Music Festival. In 2018, he released Johan Sebastian Bach, a collection of Bach’s works for solo keyboard. The release won numerous awards including BBC Music Magazine’s Album of the Year. He followed that album with 2020’s Debussy – Rameau.