Vikingur Ólafsson (photo: Ari Magg)

Chamber Music

Debut: Víkingur Ólafsson

The pianist Víkingur Ólafsson is regarded as the motor of the young classical music scene in Iceland, which he fires with passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity. Trained at the Juilliard School of Music, he has won all major awards in his home country. For his debut in Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation concerts, he has compiled a challenging programme of piano works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexander Siloti and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Víkingur Ólafsson piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria variata in A minor, BWV 989

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 850 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 1

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Harpsichord No. 3 in D minor, BWV 974 (Transcription of the oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 855 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 1

Johann Sebastian Bach

Partita für Violine solo Nr. 3 E-Dur BWV 1006: 3. Satz Gavotte en Rondeau (Bearbeitung für Klavier von Sergej Rachmaninow)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Invention h-Moll BWV 786

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sinfonia No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801

Alexander Ilyich Siloti

Prelude in B minor (Transcription of the Prelude in E minor, BWV 855 by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, op. 2 No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op. 111

Dates and Tickets

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Tue, 29 Jan 2019, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie U

Programme

He is considered the driving force of Iceland’s contemporary classical music scene, which he promotes with passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity: the pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, who completed his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in 2008. He has received every prestigious award in his native country, including the Icelandic Optimism Prize, and was named “Musician of the Year” four times. Víkingur Ólafsson is also a familiar figure in international circles: he has long since joined the ranks of the world’s leading pianists.

For his concert debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation he has chosen a demanding programme, which will open with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Aria variata, BWV 989: ten highly virtuosic variations on a chorale theme. In addition to the Baroque radiance of the brilliant Preludes and Fugues, BWV 850 and BWV 855 from the Well-tempered Clavier, Ólafsson will play Bach’s atmospheric Concerto for Harpsichord, BWV 974, which is based on an oboe concerto by the Italian Baroque composer Alessandro Marcello.

Also on the programme are the Inventions, BWV 786 and BWV 801, the Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904, the third movement from the Partita for solo violin, BWV 1006, the latter in a virtuosic arrangement by Sergei Rachmaninov, and the Prelude in B minor by Alexander Siloti. Another highlight of the recital will be Ólafsson’s interpretation of two Beethoven sonatas: op. 2 no. 1 in F minor and op. 111 in C minor, the second of which is one of the most important and difficult piano sonatas in the repertoire.

Vikingur Ólafsson (photo: Ari Magg)