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Vikingur Olafsson

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Pour le piano, L. 95 : Debussy: Pour le piano, L. 95 - III. Toccata Vikingur Olafsson, Claude Debussy 04:01
Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644 : J.S. Bach: Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644 - Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Arr. Kurtág) Vikingur Olafsson, Johann Sebastian Bach 01:37
Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528 : J.S. Bach: Organ Sonata No. 4, BWV 528 - II. Andante [Adagio] (Transcr. by August Stradal) Vikingur Olafsson, Johann Sebastian Bach 05:26
Vesperae solennes de confessore in C Major, K. 339 : Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C Major, K. 339 - V. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Arr. Víkingur Ólafsson) Vikingur Olafsson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 04:56
Birgisson: Where Life and Death May Dwell (Icelandic Folk Song) Vikingur Olafsson, Snorri Sigfús Birgisson 01:53
La damoiselle élue, L. 62 : Debussy: La damoiselle élue, L. 62 - Prélude Vikingur Olafsson, Claude Debussy 03:51
Rameau: Les tendres plaintes Vikingur Olafsson 02:36
Études : Glass: Études - No. 15 Vikingur Olafsson, Philip Glass 07:40
La damoiselle élue Vikingur Olafsson, Hania Rani 05:05
Études : Glass: Études - No. 6 Vikingur Olafsson, Philip Glass 04:26

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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.