Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2022

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 2022

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
Quatuor van Kuijk

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

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Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Antje Weithaas (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Mozart: Adagio in E-flat major (arr. Ólafsson from String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

J. S. Bach: Three Chorale Preludes (arr. György Kurtág)
Víkingur Ólafsson, Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

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

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3
Quatuor van Kuijk

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

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Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique"
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: Sonata for piano and cello No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
Christian Poltéra (cello), Enrico Pace (piano)

Beethoven: Folke Songs
Dorothea Röschmann (sopran0), Antje Weithaas (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

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Marius Neset: Who We Are (2020) commisioned by the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival
Ingrid Søfteland Neset (flute), Marius Neset (saxophone), Christian Poltéra (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Enrico Pace (piano)