Concerts will be held at 4 pm every Sunday this summer in the living room of Gljúfrasteinn, the home of Nobel Prize winner and Iceland’s most praised modern writer Halldór Laxness, in Mosfellsbaer, near Reykjavík.
The first musicians to play at Gljúfrasteinn this summer were Tómas R. Einarsson and his Latino Trio, who held a concert at the author’s home yesterday.
Music always played an important role at Gljúfrasteinn; Laxness and his wife Audur often held concerts in their living room. Laxness played the piano himself and was especially fond of Bach.
Next Sunday Signý Saemundsdóttir and Thóra Frída Saemundsdóttir will perform at Gljúfrasteinn and on June 17, Iceland’s National Day, folk singer Ólöf Arnalds will hold a solo concert.
Click here for the full summer program. Tickets for each concert cost ISK 500 (USD 8, EUR 6).
Halldór Laxness (1902-1998) wrote 51 novels, poetry, numerous newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories and more during his career. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955.
Laxness’ novels often feature Iceland’s struggle for independence and include titles like Salka Valka, Independent People, The Atom Station, Paradise Reclaimed, Iceland’s Bell, The Fish Can Sing and World Light.
Gljúfrasteinn was built in 1945. In 2002 the Icelandic state bought the house and it became the Laxness Museum.