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Conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason.
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Daníel Bjarnason Receives Optimist Award

Conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason has received the 2018 Bjartsýnisverðlaun, or Optimist Award, Vísir reports. The award is granted yearly to an Icelandic artist who through their art has contributed to an optimistic outlook on life.

Daníel Bjarnason, born 1979, studied music in Iceland and in Freiburg, Germany. As conductor he has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others. His first opera, Brothers, was premiered in Denmark in 2017 and received its Icelandic premiere last year.

The Optimist Award was established in 1981, and is awarded by the President of Iceland. It includes a monetary prize of ISK 1 million ($8,500/€7,500).

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