The Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson was born in Reykjavik in 1984 and trained at Juilliard. A specialist in contemporary music, he has premiered numerous concertos by Icelandic composers including Haukur Tómasson and Daniel Bjarnason as well as music by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Mark Simpson. Ólafsson signed with Deutsche Grammophon in 2016, and his debut album on the label (a Philip Glass recital, marking the composer’s 80th birthday) was praised in Gramophone as ‘unique, distinct and extraordinary’ as well as being one of the New York Times’s Top Recordings of 2017; an all-Bach album followed the next year, and was described as ‘fresh, expressive and joyous’ by the Sunday Times.
Further Reading: Víkingur Ólafsson
The Icelandic pianist releases his third album on Deutsche Grammophon: an exquisitely-performed programme of music by Debussy and Rameau.
James talks to Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson about his latest album on Deutsche Grammophon: a fascinating pairing of music by Debussy and Jean Philippe Rameau.