Víkingur Ólafsson plays Mozart

Víkingur Ólafsson (photo: Ari Magg)

“When I play Mozart, I have the feeling that his music reflects my inner self,” says Víkingur Ólafsson. What fascinates him about the composer’s piano music is the alternation of light and shadow, of joie de vivre and melancholy – moods that the Icelandic pianist explores in all their facets thanks to his intelligent, transparent and at the same time energetic playing style. For his piano recital, Víkingur Ólafsson places works by Mozart in the context of the composer's contemporaries such as Joseph Haydn and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Víkingur Ólafsson piano

Mozart and his contemporaries

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457

Joseph Haydn

Piano Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI:32

Works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Baldassare Galuppi and Domenico Cimarosa

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Víkingur Ólafsson

The Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson is one of the outstanding artists of our time. He embodies a “rare combination of technical brilliance, controlled expressiveness and interpretative depth,” wrote the British magazine Phonograph, which named him Artist of the Year in 2019. Other awards include the 2022 Rolf Schock Prize and the Opus Klassik, which he received twice for the best solo recording; his Bach recording was also named Album of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards. Other recordings are dedicated to works by Philip Glass, Claude Debussy, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; the most recent album From Afar was released in October 2022. Víkingur Ólafsson’s recordings have received an excellent response and have been listened to more than 400 million times on streaming platforms. In the concert hall, he performs with the world’s leading orchestras – in the 2022/23 season alone, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic, among others. Víkingur Ólafsson not only knows how to convey music in an exciting and likeable way as a performer, he has also presented several television and radio programmes. During the Corona lockdown, he was also artist in residence on the BBC’s classical radio station, where he spent three months on the programme Front Row presenting music close to his heart to a worldwide audience from the empty Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.