Víkingur plays Mozart
The Big Picture
The talented Icelandic pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson will be playing Mozart's music on November 30 in Harpa Music hall.
Richard Strauss' powerful orchestral works are among the most splendid ever written for symphony orchestra. One of his signature masterpieces is Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), from 1898, in which Strauss sketches a picture of himself as a hero who emerges victorious from his grapplings with life's adversities. Now we hear it under the baton of Dima Slobodeniouk, Principal Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Mozart was at the height of his fame in Vienna when he completed his Piano Concerto in C minor in 1786, around the time he wrote The Marriage of Figaro. This poignant work, one of the master's best, had a strong influence on the young Beethoven.
Víkingur has performed with orchestras in Europe and America, and won numerous awards for his playing, including four Performer of the Year awards at the Icelandic Music Awards. In 2009, Víkingur was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize. He holds an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.