Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson, general manager

ariAri Þór Vilhjálmsson is one of the leading violinists in Iceland. He joined the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (ISO) in 2006 as Associate Principal Second Violin, and was promoted to Acting Principal Second Violin in 2012. He has performed as soloist with the ISO on numerous occasions, including violin concertos by J.S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Icelandic composer Hafliði Hallgrímsson. Ari has a busy performance schedule outside of the ISO, having in recent years performed solo and chamber music recitals for Emory University in Atlanta, the Reykjavik International Arts Festival, Reykjavik Chamber Music Society and the Reykjavik Midsummer Music Festival. He has also appeared as soloist with other orchestras in Iceland as well as in the United States. Ari is also a respected educator in Iceland and is one of the main teachers for advanced violin students in the country. He has been a teacher at the Reykjavik College of Music since 2008. He is one of the founders of the Harpa International Music Academy. 



Lin Wei Sigurgeirsson, artistic director 

lin-wei-minniLin Wei Sigurgeirsson (violin) was born in Guangzhou in 1964. She grew up in Beijing, where her parents were both professors at the Central Conservatory of Music. She began studying the violin with her father, Professor Lin Yao-Ji, at the age of seven, and the piano with her mother, Professor Hu Shi-Xi at the age of eight. She commenced her formal music training at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1980 where she continued studying the violin with Lin Yao-Ji. In 1985 she received a scholarship from the city of London to study with Professor Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the solo advanced study course, where she completed her studies in 1988. Lin Wei has been a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 1988. During extended leaves of absence from the Iceland Symphony she has served as concert master of the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and played with The Baltimore Symphony and The Washington Chamber Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician with the Iceland Symphony orchestra and various ensembles in Europe, the United States and Asia. Lin Wei is the founder and Chairman of the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China, a nonprofit organization registered in Hong Kong (LYJMFC) and Harpa International Music Academy in Iceland. In this capacity she has organized master classes and concerts at the National Center for Performing Art Beijing, Culture Center in Hong Kong and Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center with internationally renowned musicians and rising young stars as the artistic director of Harpa International Music Academy. As the Chairman of LYJMFC, she also collaborated with the Menuhin International Violin Competition Beijing 2012 and China International Violin Competition.

Kristín Mjöll Jakobsdóttir, marketing manager

KMJ 2009Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir holds a master's degree in Bassoon Performance from Yale University School of Music and a Certificate Diploma from Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She spent almost seven years in Hong Kong from 1991-1998 as a freelance musician and teacher, including playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for a full year, before moving back to her native Iceland. As a freelance bassoonist Kristin plays regularly with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and is active in the local chamber music scene. Kristin was as the chairman of the Society of Icelandic Musicians in 2008–2012. She has been active as project manager for various musical projects for the last ten years, including music theatre productions and most recently the Harpa International Music Academy where she is one of the founders. 



Ragnheiður Elfa Þorsteinsdóttir 


ragnheidurRagnheiður Elfa Þorsteinsdóttir holds a cand.jur. degree from the University of Iceland and an LL.M. degree from the University of Edinburg. She is currently Attorney at Law at the law firm Málþing, but has previously worked for both the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the latter both at home and in Brussels. She holds an 8th grade exam in violin performance from the Reykjavík College of Music. Ragnheiður is one of the founders of the Harpa International Music Academy.






Sigurgeir Agnarsson 

sigurgeirSigurgeir Agnarsson is assistant principal cellist of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Agnarsson graduated from the Reykjavik College of Music in 1995 and continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with David Wells and Laurence Lesser and at the Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf with Prof. Johannes Goritzki. Mr. Agnarsson is head of the string department at the Reykjavik College of Music.  He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bochumer Symphoniker and the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and also appears regularly as a chamber musician and recitalist in Iceland and abroad. He has recorded for the Icelandic Broadcasting Service and the Naxos label. Sigurgeir is one of the founders of the Harpa International Music Academy.









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