Björg Þórhallsdóttir (IS)

Björg ÞórhallsdóttirBjörg Þórhallsdóttir trained in Manchester´s Royal Northern College of Music. She has featured as a soloist throughout Europe, bringing audiences fresh interpretations of classical and contemporary Icelandic music. In addition, she has performed with several Icelandic choirs in venues in Iceland and throughout Europe. She has enjoyed performing with the Icelandic Northern Sinfonia on several occasions. In 2000 Björg recorded and published an album of songs from the Eyjafjörður area of Northern Iceland entitled "Það ert þú! Eyjafjörður-ljóð og lag" (It's You! Eyjafjörður-songs and poems). In 2006 she recorded a Christmas album, "Himnarnir opnast – jólaperlur" ("The Heavens Open"), published by Sena. In 2007 she recorded a selection of songs for the album "The Music of Árni Björnsson - The end of a day". In 2007 she recorded her third album, "Gullperlur", (“Pearls of Gold”), also published by Sena. Also in 2007 she was named “The Akureyri Artist of the year” by the council of Akureyri in Northern Iceland. Björg has also recorded for Icelandic radio and television.

The performance of sacred music has played a significant role in Björg´s career. Her oratorio performances include Verdi’s Requiem, Brahm’s ´Ein Deutsches Requiem´, Handel’s ´Messiah´, Vivaldi’s ´Gloria´, Saint-Saën´s ´Christmas Oratorio´, ´Messe Solennelle´ by Gounod and ´Stabat Mater´ by Pergolesi. After enjoying dinner with Sir John Tavener, Björg felt connected to his music and his spirituality. She performed in the Southwark Cathedral concert featuring Tavener´s ´Three Shakespeare Sonnets´, premiered in November 2013. Operatic roles include Elsa in Wagner´s ´Lohengrin´, Electra in Mozart’s ´Idomeneo´, the title role in Verdi’s ´Aida´ and Janacek’s ´Jenufa´. Björg maintains strong links with contemporary classical music. She premiered Jack White´s ´Islands (Ynysoedd)´ in 2013, and has commissioned many contemporary Icelandic composers in a broad range of styles. Björg will feature in a solo concert as part of Salisbury Music Festival this year, in addition to an appearance with the SICC for a memorial concert for Sir John Tavener. In June she will travel to Umeå in Sweden to participate in the International Choir Festival in the Capital Of Culture. Björg was honored to receive the government grant for exceptional artists for the years 2013 and 2014.