HARPA

INTERNATIONAL

MUSIC ACADEMY

JUNE 27 - JULY 14, 2018
Harpa International Music Academy is a music festival for participants of all ages. In just 11 days, you will study with international faculty and meet students from all over the world. Private lessons, masterclasses, participation in chamber music, solo performances and symphony orchestra will inspire you to work hard and become a better musician. We come together each year during this special time of year to enjoy music making under the midnight sun.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Harpa International Music Academy’s 6th annual festival for classical music students is held from June 27th – July 14th. Over seventy students from seven countries will study with outstanding Icelandic and international faculty. The students receive training through private lessons and masterclasses, chamber music and orchestra. All together twenty events take place in Harpa, Tónskóli Sigursveins and the Nordic House.

 

July 4 at 16:30 in Northern Lights Hall: Masterclass with Guðný Guðmundsdóttir

Guðný Guðmundsdóttir has enjoyed a long and successful career as a violinist. She served as concertmaster with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1974-201 and has taught almost all the violinists of Iceland. In this masterclass, Guðný Guðmundsdóttir will share her knowledge and many years of experience as violinist with several violin students, who perform solo works and receive feedback in front of an audience. Free entry.

 

July 4 at 20:00 in Northern Lights Hall: String Quartets – Opening Concert

Sibbi Bernhardsson, Violin Professor at Oberlin Conservatory, holds an intensive string quartet seminar in the art of string quartet performance from June 27th – July 4th. In this concert, the participating groups will perform movements from quartets by Mozart, Shostakovich, Schumann, Haydn and Mendelssohn. Tickets at harpa.is

 

July 6 at 16:30 in Tónskóli Sigursveins: Lin Yao Ji’s Life and Teaching Essence

Lin Wei Sigurgeirsson, violinist and Artistic Director of the Academy, gives a seminar and masterclass based on the life work and pedagogy of her father, Lin Yao Ji, who was one of the most respected violin professors at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in the 20th century. Free entry.

 

July 7 at 12:30 at Tónskóli Sigursveins: The Given Method: Adventures in Violinland

Violinist Margrét Kristjánsdóttir introduces new pedagogical material for violin. The author, Shirley Givens, a beloved violinist and teacher at the Juilliard School of Music, died earlier this year. Adventures in Violinland is a compilation of 24 books that lead the pupil along through his first steps to becoming a violinist. Free entry.

 

July 7 at 16:30 in Tónskóli Sigursveins: Masterclass with Auður Hafsteinsdóttir

Auður Hafsteinsdóttir is one of Iceland´s most accomplished violinists. She has won many awards for her playing and appeared frequently as soloist and chamber musician abroad. In her masterclass, Auður will share her knowledge with several violin students, who perform solo works and receive feedback in front of an audience. Free entry.

 

July 8 at 16:30 in Tónskóli Sigursveins: Masterclass with Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson

Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson is currently the Principal Second Violin of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the general manager of HIMA. In his masterclass, Ari Þór will share his experience with several violin students, who perform solo works and receive feedback in front of an audience. Free entry.

 

July 10 at 16:00 in the Nordic House: Seminar and Masterclass with Sigyn Fossnes

Sigyn Fossnes is a prizewinning Norwegian violinist. She specializes in teaching young talents at the renowned Barratt-Due Music Institute of Music in Oslo. In this masterclass Sigyn Fossnes instructs participants of the Harpa International Music Academy and gives them an insight into how to prepare themselves for music studies at the university level. She names the class Teaching Talent. Free admission.

 

July 10 at 20:00 in the Nordic House: Faculty Concert

The Harpa International Music Academy faculty consists of music professors at respected music conservatories, many of whom are also renowned performers and sectional leaders in orchestras. In this concert they will share their artistry in a varied program of solo and chamber music works. Free admission.

 

July 11 at 10:00 in Kaldalón Hall: Masterclass with Judith Ingolfsson

Judith Ingolfsson is one of Iceland’s best known violinists. She won first prize in the 1998 Indianapolis Violin Competition and has since performed in the world’s best concert halls. In her masterclass, Judith will share her knowledge with several violin students, who perform solo works and receive feedback in front of an audience. Free entry.

 

July 11 at 14:00 and 16:00 in Kaldalón Hall: Rising Stars – Senior Division Solo Recitals

Fifty students from seven countries participate in this year’s Academy senior division. In these concerts, students perform solo works they have studied with the Academy’s excellent faculty. Tickets at harpa.is

 

July 12 at 10:00 at the Nordic House: Chamber Music workshop - Ingolfsson-Stoupel

Judith Ingolfsson and Vladimir Stoupel are accomplished soloists in demand. Ingolfsson and Stoupel have worked together as a duo for years and their performances have been applauded for their artistry and ambitious programs. In this workshop, the duo will work with four selected groups of students who perform chamber works and receive feedback in front of an audience. Tickets at harpa.is

 

July 12th at 16:00 in Norðurbryggja: Rising Stars – Senior Division Chamber Music Recital

Fifty students from seven countries participate in this year’s Academy senior division. All of the chamber groups will perform in this concert, playing movements of masterworks from the chamber music repertoire. Free entry.

 

July 13th at 11:00 in Harpa Corner: Rising Stars – Junior Division Solo Recital

Twenty students participate in this year’s Academy junior division. In this concert, the students perform solo works they have studied with the Academy’s excellent faculty. Free entry.

 

July 13 at 12:30 in Northern Lights Hall: “On Wings of Song” – Violin Recital with Ziyu He

The 18 year old Ziyu He has caught the violin world’s attention in recent years, winning top prizes in many international competitions. Star pianist Vladimir Stoupel joins Ziyu He in this duo recital featuring works by Schubert, Dvorák, Paganini and Li Zili. Tickets at harpa.is

 

July 13 at 14:00 and 16:00 in Northern Lights Hall: Rising Stars – Senior Solo and Junior Chamber Recitals

Fifty students from seven countries participate in this year’s Academy senior division. In these concerts, students perform solo works they have studied with the Academy’s excellent faculty. The junior division chamber groups will perform in the concert at 14:00. Tickets at harpa.is

 

July 14 at 12:00 in Eldborg: Rising Stars – Senior Division Piano Recital

Fifty students from seven countries participate in this year’s Academy senior division. In this concert, the piano students perform solo works on Harpa’s main stage, playing on the best grand piano in Iceland. Tickets at harpa.is

 

July 14 at 16:00 in Harpa Corner: “Dancing on Strings” – Junior Division Group Performance

Eurovision celebrity Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir instructs students of the junior division in an improvisational workshop with dance elements. This is the final performance of the group. Free entry.

 

July 14 at 17:00 in Eldborg: „The Centenary of Icelandic Sovereignty“ – Festival Concert

The Harpa International Music Academy concludes with a concert by the Academy Symphony Orchestra, performing four works including Beethoven´s 3rd Symphony and Eldur by Jórunn Viðar. Conductor is Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason and the soloists are Ziyu He and Ásta Dóra Finnsdóttir. Tickets at harpa.is

 

 

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