Born: 1979, Copenhagen, Denmark
“I’m interested in the eternal in a piece of art, which is the same thing as the eternal in every person. Access to this lies in the subconscious, which is, of course, something that all the abstract expressionists were obsessed with. I think I simply feel a strong connection with this way of making and thinking about art.”
Icelandic musician Daníel Bjarnason works the borderless world of new music. As a conductor he regularly leads the Icelandic Opera and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and he has worked with the London Sinfonietta, the Ulster Orchestra, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. He was named Composer of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2010, where Bow to String, from his debut album Processions, was named Composition of the Year. His Shakespearean triptych The isle is full of noises… had its world premiere in Walt Disney Concert Hall in March 2012, and Over Light Earth, a Los Angeles Philharmonic commission, had its premiere here on a Green Umbrella concert in October 2012. For the latter two works he was again named Composer of the Year at the 2013 Icelandic Music Awards. Bjarnason has collaborated with a broad range of musicians outside the classical field, including Sigur Rós and Efterklang.
Over Light Earth (2012)
Reykjavík Sinfonia, Daníel Bjarnason