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Ashkenazy Awestruck by Concert Center

“It is a miracle to witness this happen, and truly inspiring,” said Vladimir Ashkenazy, world renowned conductor and virtuoso pianist, looking around the National Concert and Conference Center currently under construction at the Reykjavik harbor. Mbl.is reports this today.

The Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

For decades, Ashkenazy, whose wife is Icelandic, has campaigned for the building of a concert hall in Reykjavik. He organized a famous fundraising concert featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1980s, attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

This is Ashkenazy’s third visit to the construction site and he finds the main concert hall very promising. “I believe that the acoustics will be very good, given that that project is in the hands of the world’s most skilled acoustics experts.”

He hopes that he will get the chance to conduct the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra’s first concert in the new concert hall, and that in the future, some of the world’s most famous orchestras will be invited to perform there.

“If a nation can afford it, it is important to create the best possible conditions for the works of art that humanity has created through the centuries. We are a part of the European civilization and if we can be leaders we should be. The people’s will in this country is very strong and I am in awe and grateful for the fact that this building will be completed despite the tremendous problems the nation faces today. I did not dare to expect it, but I am very glad that the concert hall will become a reality.”

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