The Icelandic Guitar Trio - Concert

Concert Thursday 5 November at 20:00 in Rundetårn and Saturday 7 Noveber at 15:30 in Metronomen.

The concert is part of the cooperation between the 'Copenhagen Guitar Trio' and 'The Icelandic Guitar Trio'. The cooperation involves mutual visits and concerts in Iceland and Denmark. At the concert we will hear contemporary music from the two countries as well as the trios will perform together. 


Formed in 2011, The Icelandic Guitar Trio has been at the forefront of the classical guitar scene in Iceland. Performing new pieces by Icelandic composers especially written for the trio in combination with more traditional music they have marked a distinct place in the musical life of Iceland and expanded the repetoire for the guitar trio. Future concert's include a recitals in Reykjavik, Alcoy and Toronto.

Þórarinn Sigurbergsson was born 1958. He studied guitar with Eyþór Þorláksson at Hafnafjörður music school in Iceland and graduated in 1980. From 1980 to 1984 he studied with José Luis Gonzalez in Spain and has after that taken lessons from Manuel Barrueco. The summer of 2010 he studied with Ignacio Rodes in Alicante, Spain.

Þórarinn has from 1984 been teaching and playing in Iceland, for example with the Reykjavik Camber Orchstra and as a solist with Iceland Amateur Symphony Orchestra. In 1987 he published a LP wiht the singer Ragnheiður Guðmundsdóttir and Jóhannes Georgsson double bass. In 2010 he performed "Four Shakespeare Sonnets" by Oliver Kenthis with the singer Signý Sæmundsdóttir.

In the year 2000 he was a member of the jury in the Alhambra guitar contest in Alcoy Spain and the summer of 2010 he tought at the Polish Guitar festival in Poznan, Poland.

Þröstur Þorbjörnsson studied in Iceland in Tónskóli Sigursveins D. Kristinssonar. Graduated in 1992. Has participated in masterclasses with David Russell and Manuel Barrueco. Has played various styles of music including popp, jazz, rock and blues. For the last 12 years he has been a classical guitar teacher in Music School of Hafnarfjörður Iceland.

Svanur Vilbergsson ranks among most prominent classical guitar players of his generation. As a three-time recipent of grants from the Cultural Council of Iceland, he has given concerts at the King's Chapel Concert Series in Boston, the Bonnenfanten Museum (Maastricht, Holland), Encontre international de compositors, Illes Balears, and the Great Hall of Devon, (England). He is a regular guest artist for the Casa Eulalia Concert Series in Mallorca, Spain, and was selected to take part in the Gulf Stream Project,  a series of concerts in Norway as part of the Icelandic-Norwegian cultural exchange program. Past performances include recitals in Boston, Seattle, and Majorca. The Spanish composer Mateau Malondra Flaquer has dedicated works to Svanur and in February 2014 Svanur premiered alongside the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra a new guitar concerto written by the composer Oliver Kentish and dedicated to Svanur. Recently he was also invited to perform at the Inishowen International Guitar festival in Norway. In addition to his concerts throughout Europe and the USA, Svanur continues to perform on the most visible stages in his native country.

Svanur Vilbergsson holds a Bachelor's degree from the Maastricht Conservatory (Holland) where he studied with Carlo Marchione and had Chamber Music studies with cellist Alexander Petrasch and violist Henk Guittart. His other teachers have included Arnaldur Arnarsson (Escola Luthier, Spain) Sonja Prunnbauer (Hochschule fur musik Freiburg) and Enno Voorhorst, with whom he attained his Master's degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland).

He was recently appointed lecturere of guitar at the Icelandic Academy of Arts.


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