Thursday 10th of August at 12 noon Þórir Jóhannsson double bass player and Eyþór Ingi Jónsson organist will perform music together by G.F. Handel, Z. Kodály, Karólínu Eikríksdóttur and M. Bruch. Þórir and Eyþór will also premiere a new exciting icelandic piece by Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson.
Double bassist Þórir Jóhannsson received his Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England in 1992. He free-lanced as a musician in Denmark before returning to Iceland in the year 2000 when he joined the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Þórir also teaches the double bass at the Kópavogur Music School and is an active performer, playing both as a soloist and chamber musician and has regularly performed with his quintet in concerts of the esteemed “Kammermúsikklúbburinn”. Þórir has given world premieres to pieces for the double bass alone, bass and piano and a concerto for double bass and chamber orchestra.
Þórður Magnússon’s Rhapsodie per Contrabasso et Piano was given world premiere in 2011. In 2016 Þórir made his first contribution to the Harpa International Music Academy as a tutor.
Eyþór Ingi Jónsson attained the Cantor Diploma from National Church Music School in Reykjavík in the spring of 1998. He then went to study at the Piteå Acadamy of Music in Sweden, for four years in the Church Music Department and for three years in the Concert Organist Department, with professor Hans-Ola Ericsson. He studied choir conducting under professor Erik Westberg.
Eyþór Ingi is organist at the Akureyri Church. He founded and conducts the Hymnodia Chamber Choir. His speciality is music from the seventeenth century as well as contemporary music and improvisation, both for organ, and with singers. Eyþór has given a number of concerts, both as a soloist at the organ and with instrumentalists and choirs. Eyþór is Musical Director of the Holar Baroque Festival, The Akureyri Church Music Festival Week and the Akureyri Church Summer Concert season. He was appointed Akureyri Town Artist of the Year 2011‒2012.