Hljóðs bið ek allar helgar kindir – Concerts
Hearing I ask from the holy races
Þórir Jóhannsson, double bass
Ingunn Hildur Hauksdóttir, piano
Þórir and Ingunn present this unusual combination of with works composed for their instruments, such as Rhapsodia, Völukvæði and Bottesini´s Fantasia, as well as Gradus ad Profundum composed for solo bass, and Kol Nidrei and Epigrammák, wich are adapted. The bass has gained momentum in recent decades but still needs introducing, as a solo instrument, in the icelandic music scene. Ingunn and Þórir seek to amend this situation and their collaboration began in 2012 with an invitation to play at the international double bass conference in Copenhagen.
Þórir Jóhannsson received his Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After a few years stay in Denmark where he was associated with some of the major orchestras on both sides of the Øresund, he moved back to Iceland in the autumn of 2000 and became a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He teaches in the Kópavogur Music School and is an active chamber musician and performs regularly with a quintet in the concerts of the renowned Chamber Music Society. Þórir has premiered various works for double bass, solo pieces, with piano or chamber orchestra. “Rhapsodia per Contrabasso et Piano” by Þórður Magnússon premiered in 2011 and can be found on the audio CD “La Poesie” which was released in 2013. In 2016, Þórir began teaching at the Harpa International Music Academy.
Ingunn Hildur Hauksdóttir studied piano at the Music School Hafnarfjörður and in 1993 she received a degree as a piano teacher and soloist from the College of Music in
Reykjavik. Ingunn studied with Roger Vignoles for two years and has attended numerous master classes with Dalton Baldwin, Nelita True and György Sebök, to name only a few. Ingunn has been the organist in Þingvellir church and taught in Hafnarfjörður Music School for several years. She is an active chamber musician with groups such as Camerarctica and Notus trio. She has made recordings for radio and CDs and performed in numerous concerts in Iceland and abroad. In 2015 Ingunn went on a tour with the Notus trio to the UK and Italy where the emphasis was on introducing Icelandic music and in 2016 they went on tour in Spain. In recent years, Ingunn has performed regularly in the Chamber Music Society´s concerts. Ingunn now teaches at the Kopavogur Music School, Garðabær Music School and is an accompanist at the Reykjavík College of Music.
Tickets are kr. 3.000, kr. 2.000 for seniors, for students and guests under the age of twenty. Tickets available on tix.is and at the entrance. The concert series Klassík í Vatnsmýrinni (Classics in the moorlands) is organised in collaboration between the Icelandic Soloist Society and the Nordic House, and places great emphasis on Scandinavian and international cooperation.