Siggi String Quartet // Dark Music Days 2020
Siggi String Quartet opens Dark Music Days Festival with Shostakovich String Quartet nr. 15, the one played opening the very first Festival Jan. 25th 1980. Composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson brought the score from Russia at the time. His fifth String Quartet will be heard here for the first time. Another pieces are the premiere of Haukur Tómasson new Quartet and Moonbow of Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson.
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 15 op. 144, Atli Heimir Sveinsson: String Quartet no. 5, Haukur Tómasson: New piece – WP, Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson: Moonbow
Siggi String Quartet was founded in 2012 around UNM, Ung Nordisk Musik held in Reykjavík that year. Since then the Quartet has played several of Beethovens String Quartets and premiered a large number of new compositions written for the ensemble. Members of Siggi are all active soloists in the Icelandic scene and play in ISO and Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra. The debut album South of the Circle was out in Spring 2019 on label Sono Luminus and has received great reviews in Gramophone, San Francisco Chronicle and A Closer Listen to name a few. Siggi String Quartet has played Morton Feldman’s 5 hour long Quartet at Mengi Reykjavík and played Jón Leifs and more on new instruments by luthier Jón Marinó Jónsson in Reykjavík Arts Festival. Recent performances include Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina, Bach and Webern as well as pieces by Daníel Bjarnason, Mamiko Dís Ragnarsdóttir and Una Sveinbjarnardóttir, violinist of Siggi. The ensemble has given premiere of two Atli Heimir Sveinsson Quartets and two Quartets of Haukur Tómasson in the past and performs Shostakovich regularly. The quartet is Una Sveinbjarnardóttir and Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir violins, Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir viola and Sigurður Bjarki Gunnarsson cello.
Siggi was awarded Performer of the Year 2018 in the Iceland Music Awards.