Iceland Symphony Orchestra Nominated For Grammy

Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Eldborg Hall

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra’s album Concurrence is nominated for a Grammy award in the category Best Orchestral Performance. IN the album, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason, performs new pieces by four Icelandic Composers, Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Haukur Tómasson, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir and Páll Ragnar Pálsson. Soloists are cellist Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir and pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson. The album is the second of three in the collaboration of the orchestra and the US record label Sono Luminus, where the orchestra will perform 14 new Icelandic orchestral pieces in total, conducted by Daníel. The final addition to the series, Occurrence, is expected in January 2021.

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The New York Times chose Concurrence as one of its 25 best Classical Music Tracks of 2019 and NPR chose it as one of its 10 classical albums to usher in the next decade. Five albums are nominated for a Grammy in this category. Other nominees include the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Fransisco Symphony.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy once before, in 2009 in the same category.

Icelanders Nominated for Grammy Awards

 

Film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and classical composer Anna Þorvaldsdóttir both have a reason to attend the upcoming Grammy awards in January. Hildur has been nominated for her music in HBO series Chernobyl, while Anna’s album Aequa has been nominated in the category of Best Engineered Album (Classical).

Hildur’s music in Chernobyl has been nominated in the category of Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media. The score, built from recordings of a nuclear power plant, won her an Emmy earlier this year. Her fellow nominees in the category include Ramin Djawadi for Game of Thrones (Season 8), Hans Zimmer for Lion King, and Alan Silvestri for Avengers: Endgame.

Iceland Review spoke with Hildur about her work on both Chernobyl and the Joker film earlier this year.