Daníel Bjarnason
Conductor / Composer

“…coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world.” (Time Out New York)

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Liz Sam +44 (0)20 3725 9122
Márcio Bugalho Domingues +44 (0)20 3725 9186

Biography

Artist-in-Residence: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Composer-in-Residence: Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven

 

Icelandic conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason is currently artist in residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and from next season will be composer in residence at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven. A co-curator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival, Daniel will be featured as both a conductor and composer in Los Angeles in April 2017.

Recent and upcoming commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia, Jennifer Koh, So Percussion, Calefax and the Calder Quartet. Daníel is writing his first opera for the Danish National Opera in Aarhus which will be premiered in August 2017 as part of the Aarhus - Culture Capital of Europe celebrations. Based on the Susanne Bier film Brothers, the opera will be directed by Kasper Holten, and Steffen Aarfing will create the stage design. The librettist is Kerstin Perski.

Artist-in-Residence: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Composer-in-Residence: Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven

 

Icelandic conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason is currently artist in residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and from next season will be composer in residence at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven. A co-curator of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival, Daniel will be featured as both a conductor and composer in Los Angeles in April 2017.

Recent and upcoming commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia, Jennifer Koh, So Percussion, Calefax and the Calder Quartet. Daníel is writing his first opera for the Danish National Opera in Aarhus which will be premiered in August 2017 as part of the Aarhus - Culture Capital of Europe celebrations. Based on the Susanne Bier film Brothers, the opera will be directed by Kasper Holten, and Steffen Aarfing will create the stage design. The librettist is Kerstin Perski.

Daníel Bjarnason’s music has been performed by conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams, James Conlon, André de Ridder, Louis Langrée and Ilan Volkov in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, New York’s Lincoln Center, Harpa in Iceland and London’s Barbican. Daníel’s versatility as an artist has led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field including Sigur Rós, Brian Eno, Efterklang and Ben Frost.

Other conducting engagements include appearances with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, London Sinfonietta, Ulster Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, and The Icelandic Opera.

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Liz Sam +44 (0)20 3725 9122
Márcio Bugalho Domingues +44 (0)20 3725 9186

Reviews

“…expect to hear much more of Bjarnason’s music over the years ahead.” (Gramophone)

“…coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world.” (Time Out New York)

“[H]is colorful, restless score drew me in, with its passages of overlapping cyclic riffs, slowly heaving instrumental expanses and episodes of darting fragments, like some mystical dance.” (New York Times)

“The program opened with Mr. Bjarnason’s “Bow to String,” a 2009 work originally written for solo cello with multilayered electronic elements. The version played here, by members of the Philharmonic with a few guest artists, is for solo cello and nine instrumentalists. The first movement is pulsing, thick and frenetic, with aggressive, Bartok-like chords, given extra punch by a thumping piano. The second movement is like a fractured, jittery dance, at once cosmic and sensual. In the slow, subdued final movement, the elegiac solo cello is comforted by hazy, plush, pungent chords.” (New York Times)

“…expect to hear much more of Bjarnason’s music over the years ahead.” (Gramophone)

“…coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world.” (Time Out New York)

“[H]is colorful, restless score drew me in, with its passages of overlapping cyclic riffs, slowly heaving instrumental expanses and episodes of darting fragments, like some mystical dance.” (New York Times)

“With fierce intelligence confirmed, Bjarnason now seems primed for a romp through the rest of the 21st century.” (A Closer Listen)

“The program opened with Mr. Bjarnason’s “Bow to String,” a 2009 work originally written for solo cello with multilayered electronic elements. The version played here, by members of the Philharmonic with a few guest artists, is for solo cello and nine instrumentalists. The first movement is pulsing, thick and frenetic, with aggressive, Bartok-like chords, given extra punch by a thumping piano. The second movement is like a fractured, jittery dance, at once cosmic and sensual. In the slow, subdued final movement, the elegiac solo cello is comforted by hazy, plush, pungent chords.” (New York Times)