Iceland Symphony Orchestra

19-29 April 2023

Conductor: Eva Ollikainen

Soloist: Stephen Hough (Piano)

Iceland Symphony Orchestra is not represented by IMG Artists

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is the national orchestra of Iceland and one of the leading institutions in the country’s cultural scene. The orchestra’s home is the award-winning Harpa Concert
Hall in Reykjavík. Widely praised for its performances and recordings, the orchestra presents a full season of subscription series each year, school and family concerts, and concerts devoted to modern music.

Eva Ollikainen is the Chief Conductor of the orchestra, a role previously held by conductors such as Osmo Vänskä, Petri Sakari, Jean-Pierre Jacquillat, Ilan Volkov and most recently Yan Pascal Tortelier. Vladimir Ashkenazy holds the position of Conductor Laureate, and the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is the orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence.

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Eva Ollikainen, conductor

Eva Ollikainen is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

Whether in orchestral concerts or leading operatic performances, the young Finnish conductor Eva Ollikainen impresses with her natural authority and infectious enthusiasm, as well as with her elegant and nuanced technique.

Her decision to pursue a career in conducting was reached as a young student at the Sibelius Academy, where she studied with Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula and also trained as a pianist. At the age of 21 she won the international Jorma Panula Conducting Competition and subsequently worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra and Christophvon Dohnányi as part of the Conducting Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation. Also important was the instruction she received from Bernard Haitink and Herbert Blomstedt as a Conducting Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.

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Stephen Hough, piano

Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. He was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours 2014.

In the 2021/22 season he will perform with the Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas and Atlanta Symphony orchestras, Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich. Hough is the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2021/22 Artist in Residence, while in 2022 he returns to the Far East to perform with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent concerto highlights include the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota and Toronto Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Finnish Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.

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