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Innovative Nordic Composers at Music Festival Iceland

During the five days of the UNM Music Festival, starting today, August 28, new talents of the Nordic countries’ composition scene will present themselves in Reykjavík and Skálholt. The festival runs through September 1.


Skálholt. Photo by ESA.

The young artists come from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland and were chosen after an open-call for compositions. They now get the opportunity to not only present themselves but also their talent and work to the public.

Since 1946, the annual festival has taken place in one of the participating countries. This year, it is dedicated to “music innovation” and focuses on innovation in the area of instrumentation and performances.

Lectures and workshops for the artists will be held during the course of the festival but its main focus is on eight concerts which will take place in Reykjavík and Skálholt where the young Nordic musicians will present their compositions.

The concerts will take place at different locations at 8 pm on each evening of the festival, and tomorrow also at 10 pm. On Saturday, there will be additional concerts at 12 noon and 4 pm.

The highlight of the festival is the final concert on Saturday evening at 8 pm where the famous Icelandic sinfonietta Caput will perform the composers’ work in the Norðurljós recital hall in the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre.

Admission to all concerts is free.

You can learn more about the program, composers and history of the festival on its website.


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