Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2020

Víkingur Ólafsson

Biography

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s remarkable originality and powerful musical conviction have seen him, in just a few years, take the music world by storm to become one of the most sought-after artists of today.

Ólafsson made an unforgettable impact with the release of his two albums, Philip Glass Piano Works and Johann Sebastian Bach on Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he is an exclusive recording artist. Praised for revealing new possibilities within the music, Johann Sebastian Bach – featuring diverse original compositions and transcriptions, including Ólafsson’s own – has appeared in multiple best albums of the year lists, was named one of the greatest ever Bach recordings in Gramophone, won Best Instrumental and Album of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019, and was named Artist of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2019. Ólafsson’s previous album, Philip Glass Piano Works was an equal success and saw him named “Iceland’s Glenn Gould” by the New York Times and “breathtakingly brilliant pianist” by Gramophone. Ólafsson’s anticipated next album will be launched in the 2019-20 season, with recitals across Europe and Japan.

Ólafsson’s coming seasons are marked by a series of high-profile international artist residencies at some of the world’s top concert halls. This begins in 2019-20 at Berlin Konzerthaus with fourteen performances over eleven different projects. This season will also see Ólafsson give the French première of John Adams’ Piano Concerto No.2 with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (John Adams), as well as concerts with Konzerthausorchester Berlin (Christoph Eschenbach), Hallé (Klaus Mäkelä), Hong Kong Philharmonic (Jaap van Zweden), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Ed Gardner), San Diego Symphony (Rafael Payare), and Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Daníel Bjarnason).

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Festival Performances Year 2020

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 (1798)
Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Adagio for Mandolin and Piano in E-flat major, WoO 43 No. 2 (1796)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: Sonatina for Mandolin and Piano in C major, WoO 44 No. 1 (1796)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11 (last movement: Tema con variazioni) (1797)
Björn Nyman (clarinet), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Ketil Hvoslef: Beethoven Trio (1997)
Björn Nyman (clarinet), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

PAUSE

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 (1826)
Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (1810)
Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 (1812)
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 (1811)
Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Toru Takemitsu: Paths (in memoriam Witold Lutosławski) (1994)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Beethoven: Große Fuge Op. 134 for piano four hands (1825)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

J. S. Bach transc. György Kurtág: 3 Chorale Preludes
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano), Jonathan Biss (piano)

Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata (1939)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (1826)
Quatuor Ébène

J. S. Bach arr. for mandolin by Avi Avital: Chaconne from Partita No 2. BWV 1004 (1717 - 1720)
Avi Avital (mandolin)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in E-flat major, Op. 126, Nos. 1, 5 & 6 (1823-1824)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Rolf Wallin: Realismos Magicos (2014)
Colin Currie (percussion)

Vivaldi arr. Avital: Concerto for lute in D major, RV. 93 (1730 - 1731)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), N.N. (violin), Henninge Landaas (viola), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Karol Ciesluk (double bass), Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

Lene Grenager: Extract from Mixed Handedness for solo cello (2017)
Lene Grenager (cello)

Beethoven: Folksongs
Christiane Karg (soprano), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Jonathan Biss (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3 (1795)
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Lene Grenager: Quartet (2005)
Björn Nyman (clarinet), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1821 - 1822)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)