Icelandic Piano concert in Beijing
Tinna Thorsteinsdottir pianist held two concerts in Beijing June 17 and 18. The concerts were held on the initiative of the Embassy of Iceland at the Summit Club in Beijing. On the occasion of the Icelandic National day the concert on June 17 was preceded by a reception for 120 guests hosted by the Ambassador Eidur Gudnason and his wife Eyglo Helga Haraldsdottir.
On Tinna's agenda were Nordic and Icelandic pieces by Mist Thorkelsdottir, Thorsteinn Hauksson, Steingrimur Rohloff, Kolbeinn Einarsson, Askell Masson, Niels Gade and Edvard Grieg. She also performed Icelandic and Chinese folk songs. The Icelandic pieces were mainly composed specifically for Tinna and were premiered on Dark Music days in Iceland earlier this year.
The audience on June 17 consisted of Icelanders, friends of Iceland, embassy staff and Chinese officials. She was very well received and her performance and the pieces she played, some of whom were quite original, received a great deal of praise.
Josef Fung, guitarist and music composer, assisted in arranging the concert and he later said that this was probably the first time musical pieces for piano and computer were performed in Beijing but in the compositions by Kolbeinn Einarsson and Steingrimur Rohloffs, Dynamite and Ikarus a computer is involved.
Around 80 members of the Summit Club and members of the media attended the concert on June 18.
The instrument Tinna played on is a gold-decorated Bösendorfer Emperor grand piano, an exact duplicate of the grand piano Franz Josef Emperor of Austria gave Mutsu Hito Emperor of Japan in 1869
Tinna Thorsteinsdottir at the concert on June 17