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JUNE 1–17 2017


Energy from the Youth. Music and Nature. These are the inspirations of the Harpa International Music Academy. Located in the mid-Atlantic, Iceland is the perfect setting to meet and celebrate music under the un­ forgettable midnight sun. Music is a universal language. Starting with Sibbi Bernhardsson’s string quartet seminar, the Academy offers a total of 17 intensive days of private lessons, chamber music and orchestra. During these 2 weeks, participants enjoy new and ongoing friendships, which often extend far beyond the festival. To celebrate our 5th anniversary this June, we have invited many internationally renowned teachers and artists. Among them are violin and viola Professors Almita and Roland Vamos from Chicago. I would like to express my gratitude to all our donors and supporters, the former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation, Ýlir, the Nordic Culture Fund, the Iceland Ministry of Culture and Education, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, the Reykjavik City and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra for their generous support. I look forward to seeing you all in June. Wei Lin Artistic Director

YOUNG ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: JOHAN DALENE Still in his mid-teens, Johan Dalene is already making an impression on the international music scene and has won First Prize at no fewer than eight inter­ national competitions, and Third Prize in the Junior section of the prestigious Menuhin Competition (London). Johan was born in 2000 and began playing the violin at the age of 4. Three years later he made his debut as soloist with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and three years after that he joined the orchestra again for a performance of Sarasate’s notoriously difficult Zigeunerweisen. He has performed extensively in the Nordic region and has also appeared in central Europe, South Africa, China and the UK. Johan was a student-in-residence at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and has been instructed by some of the most distinguished string players of our time, including Mimi Zweig, Alf Kraggerud, Pamela Frank and Zakhar Bron. Johan is currently a student of Per Enoksson at Nordiska Musikgymnasiet in Stockholm. Johan plays on a Nicolò Gagliano violin from 1765 generously on loan from the Henri Moerel Foundation. “Consistently brilliant interpretations with a remarkable feel for the instrument’s tonal resources.” la Citadella

Johan Dalene, violinist

CONCERTS YOUNG VIOLINISTS June 7th at 12:00 Johan Dalene, violin Maya Buchanan, violin Young Artist-in-Residence Johan Dalene from Sweden and special guest Maya Buchanan from Chicago offer an interesting program of music for violin and piano. These gifted 17 year olds have won prizes in many competitions and will be participants in this year’s Academy. The program will include sonata movements by Brahms and Beethoven and virtuoso works by Paganini, Waxman and Wieniawski. The concert ends with Sarasate’s well-known duo Navarra. They are joined on the stage by pianists Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir and Richard Simm.

OPENING CONCERT June 7th at 20:00 Indiana University Violin Professor Sibbi Bernharðs­ son of the Pacifica String Quartet teaches an intensive string quartet seminar from June 1st – 7th. In this unique course, twenty students learn how to navigate the wonders of string quartet playing, considered the most difficult of all chamber ensembles. Presenting the fruits of their labor this evening, they will perform quartet movements by Ravel, Shostakovich, Brahms, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Sibbi Bernharðsson, violinist

CONCERTS FACULTY RECITAL June 10th at 17:00 The Academy’s faculty consists of respected music teachers and professors from Iceland and abroad, many of whom are also renowned performers. In this concert they will share their artistry in a varied program of solo and/ or chamber music. Program will include: Abime des oiseaux from Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of Time Einar Jóhannesson, clarinet Schnittke’s Moz-Art for violin duo Almita and Roland Vamos, Professors at Roosevelt University Three works for horn by Pilss, Busser and Castellos Markus Maskuniitty, Principal Horn Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Tango for two violins and piano Auður Hafsteinsdóttir and Ari Vilhjálmsson Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson and Roope Gröndahl Icelandic folksongs for flute and bassoon duo Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir and Kristín Mjöll Jakobsdóttir Mendelssohn String Octet, 2nd and 4th movements members of the string faculty

SCHEDULE June 7 12:00 Young Violin Stars Maya Buchanan and Johan Dalene Norðurljós June 7 20:00 Evening of String Quartets quartets by Ravel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Shostakovich, Bartók and Brahms Norðurljós


June 10 10:00 Violin Masterclass Almita Vamos, Roosevelt University Norðurljós June 10 13:00 Cello Masterclass Morten Zeuthen, Royal Danish Academy of Music Norðurljós June 10 17:00 Faculty Recital solo and chamber works with the Academy’s outstanding faculty Norðurljós June 13 17:00 Chamber Recital Academy Seniors perform chamber music Norðurljós

SCHEDULE June 13 20:00 Silk Road on Strings Zhu Dan, violin and Julien Quentin, piano Norðurljós June 14,15 & 16 17:00 and 20:00 Student Recital Series Solo performances and chamber works Tónskóli Sigursveins (Engjateigur 1) June 17 10:00 Student Recital series Academy Juniors perform chamber music Norðurljós June 17 12:00 Student Recital series Academy Senior pianists and chamber music Norðurljós


June 17 17:00 Festival Concert Academy Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony and more Norðurljós

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CONCERTS SILK ROAD ON STRINGS June 13th at 20:00 Dan Zhu, violin Julien Quentin, piano Dan Zhu is one of China’s best known violinists. After performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concert in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18, he’s enjoyed a busy performance career. He is joined by pianist Julien Quentin to perform Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Vivaldi and Franck, the Icelandic premiere of Sheng’s Three Fantasies and Wieniawski’s brilliant Fantasy on a theme from Faust. This event is sponsored by Konfúsíusarstofnunin Norðurljós.

FESTIVAL CONCERT June 17th at 17:00 After 10 intensive days of private lessons, masterclasses, chamber music coachings and student recitals, the Academy concludes with a performance by the Academy Orchestra, presenting wonderful works by Richard Strauss, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky.

Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor

Richard Strauss: Serenade for Winds Camille Saint-Saens: Rondo Capriccioso Soloist: Johan Dalene, violin Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6 I. Adagio – Allegro non troppo II. Allegro con grazia III. Allegro molto vivace IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso

LIN YAO JI MUSIC FOUNDATION To extol and commemorate Professor Lin Yao Ji’s legacy and lifelong work, the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation was established in 2010 as a registered charity in Hong Kong . The Foundation is committed to identifying and nurturing young, emerging music talents in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China and to offering the best opportunities possible for the full realization of their potential. The guiding principles of the Foundation are to promote the ideals of Lin Yao Ji, who dedicated his life to nurturing some of China’s best violinists and often went to extraordinary lengths to help underprivileged children receive the training they needed to become world-class musicians. The Foundation hopes to follow in Professor Lin’s footsteps and give talented youngsters from all sectors of society opportunities for advancement. More broadly, the Foundation’s work is not just about nurturing a crop of world-class musicians. In addition to supporting young musical talents, we aim to bring classical music into everyone’s life by promoting the accessibility and appreciation of classical music in Hong Kong. In the past few years, the Foundation has successfully held masterclasses, concerts and composition competitions, providing opportunities for talented musicians in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. The Lin Yao Ji International Competition for Violin Compositions was held in 2012 and 2014, and winning works were performed in Beijing, Hong Kong and Iceland. The Lin Yao Ji Scholarship Program, launched in 2014, has provided need-sensitive financial aid to talented musicians accepted into recognized summer programs, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate studies in music. Furthermore, the Foundation has sponsored prizes in the Menuhin Competition (Beijing and London) since 2011 and supported the Young Artist in Residence of the Harpa International Music Academy in Iceland.

TUTORS Violin Aðalheiður Matthíasdóttir, Tónskóli Sigursveins Almita Vamos, Roosevelt University Chicago Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson, Principal 2nd Violin, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Auður Hafsteinsdóttir, Violinist and violin teacher at many Reykjavik music schools Ewa Tosik, Reykjavik Suzuki School Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Iceland Academy of the Arts Helga Steinunn Torfadóttir, Allegro Suzuki School Kristoffer Dolatko, Chetham’s School of Music Lin Wei, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Academy Mary Campbell, Principal, Reykjavik Suzuki School Viola Larry Wheeler, University of Houston Roland Vamos, Roosevelt University Chicago Cello Morten Zeuthen, Royal Danish Academy of Music Sigurgeir Agnarsson, Acting Principal Cello, Iceland Symphony Orchestra Örnólfur Kristjánsson, Tónskóli Sigursveins Piano Marina Pliassova, Barratt Due Institute of Music Oslo Dr. Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir, Artistic director Reykjavik Classics, Harpa Svana Víkingsdóttir, Reykjavik College of Music

Flute Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, Iceland Symphony Orchestra Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, Principal Flute, Iceland Symphony Orchestra Oboe Matthías Nardeau, Iceland Symphony Orchestra Clarinet Einar Jóhannesson, former Principal Clarinet, Iceland Symphony Orchestra Horn Markus Maskuniitty, Principal Horn, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Trumpet Alfonso Cantó Ramón, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Mark Huxsoll, Director of Music Prep at Temple University Trombone Carlos Caro Aguilera Collaborative Pianists Anna Guðný Guðmundsdóttir Brynhildur Ásgeirsdóttir Richard Simm Roope Gröndahl

HARPA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY Artistic Director Lin Wei Sigurgeirsson

Design Anton Kaldal Ágústsson

General Manager Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson

Photography Baldur Kristjáns

Marketing Manager Hanna Margrét Einarsdóttir

Models Júnía Lin Jónsdóttir Laufey Lin Jónsdóttir

HIMA Board of Directors Lin Wei Sigurgeirsson Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson Kristín Mjöll Jakobsdóttir Sigurgeir Agnarsson Ragnheiður Elfa Þorsteinsdóttir

HIMA 2017  

Booklet for Harpa International Music Academy 2017. More info:

HIMA 2017  

Booklet for Harpa International Music Academy 2017. More info: