Daníel Bjarnason

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Daníel Bjarnason
Born (1979-02-26) February 26, 1979 (age 38)
Iceland
Genres Classical, experimental
Occupation(s) Composer, Conductor, Curator
Labels Bedroom Community
Website http://danielbjarnason.net/

Daníel Bjarnason (born 26 February 1979[1]) is a composer and conductor from Iceland. Bjarnason studied composition, piano and conducting in Reykjavik, before going on to further study orchestral conducting at the University of Music, Freiburg.[2] He has had a number of works commissioned and debuted by Los Angeles Philharmonic.[3][4][5]

He has garnered widespread acclaim for his debut album, Processions (2010), with Time Out NY declaring that Bjarnason "create(s) a sound that comes eerily close to defining classical music's undefinable brave new world."[6]

Daníel Bjarnason is currently artist in residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra[7] and composer in residence at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven.[8] His versatility has given him the opportunity to collaborate with respected artists from many different genres, including Ben Frost,[9]Sigur Ros[10] and Brian Eno.[11]

Various conductors have also performed Daníel's work; including Gustavo Dudamel,[12] John Adams,[13] André de Ridder,[14] James Conlon[15] Louis Langrée[16] and Ilan Volkov[17]

Recently, Bjarnason's work has included collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic,[18] Rambert Dance Company,[19] Britten Sinfonia,[20] Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,[21] So Percussion[22] and the Calder Quartet.[23] In August 2017, he will act as a co-curator, composer and conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival.[24]

Awards[edit]

Daníel Bjarnason has won numerous awards at the Icelandic Music Awards, including Song Of The Year (2015) for Ek ken di nag [25] and Composer of the Year, 2013 for his works The Isle Is Full of Noises and Over Light Earth.[26][27] Over Light Earth (2013) won the Icelandic Music Award for the best classical CD of the year in 2013.[28] Also in 2013, he and Ben Frost won the Edda Award for best soundtrack for their score to film The Deep, directed by Baltasar Kormákur.[29] In 2010, Bjarnason was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council’s Music Prize, and won the Kraumur Music Award.[30] Daníel has also been awarded a grant from the Kristján Eldjárn Memorial Fund.[28]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Works[edit]

Solo/Small Chamber[edit]

  • 5 Chinese Poems (2001)
  • 4 Seasons Of Yosa Buson (2003)
  • Skelja (2006)
  • Fanfare For Harpa (2011)
  • Four Anachronisms (2012)
  • Qui Tollis (2013)
  • Ek Ken Die Nag (2014)
  • Stillshot (2015)

Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra[edit]

  • All Sounds To Silence Come (2007)
  • Over Light Earth (2012)

Orchestra[edit]

  • Emergence (2011)
  • Blow Bright (2013)
  • Collider (2015)

Solo With Ensemble/Orchestra[edit]

  • Solitudes (2003)
  • Sleep Variations (2005)
  • Processions (2009)
  • Bow To String (2010)
  • Sólaris (2011)

Chorus[edit]

  • Enn Fagnar Heimur (2011)
  • Ek Ken Die Nag (2014)

Chorus & Orchestra[edit]

  • The Isle Is Full Of Noises (2012)

Solo Voice With Ensemble[edit]

  • Larkin Songs (2010)

Film Scores[edit]

  • Reykjavik Guesthouse (2003)
  • Come To Harm (2011)
  • The Deep (2012)

Music For Dance[edit]

  • Smáljón í Sjónmáli (2011)
  • Frames - Alexander Whitley/Rambert

Collaborations[edit]

  • Efterklang (Arranging for and performing in live project "Efterklang, Daníel Bjarnason and their Messing Orchestra")
  • Ben Frost (Sólaris, The Deep)
  • fr:Olivia Pedroli (Arranging for and appearing on albums "The Den" & "A Thin Line")
  • Ólöf Arnalds (Arrangements on albums "Við og við" and "Innundir Skinni")
  • Hjaltalín (Arranging for and performing in live project "Alpanon" with Iceland Symphony Orchestra)
  • Sigur Rós (Arrangements on albums "Valtari" and "Kveikur")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason: Bow to String". Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ grapevine.is (12 September 2013). "Daníel Bjarnason - The Reykjavik Grapevine". grapevine.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bow to String (U.S. premiere)". Los Angeles Philharmonic. 
  4. ^ "L.A. Philharmonic fills new season with premieres". Orange County Register. 
  5. ^ http://todaysart.org/2012/artist/?aname=music-for-solaris
  6. ^ Olivia Giovetti (1 March 2010). "Q&A with Danel Bjarnason: Yes, he really can just call up Björk". Time Out NY. 
  7. ^ http://www.sinfonia.is/en/news/nr/2762/
  8. ^ www.x-com.nl. "Composer in residence - Muziekgebouw Eindhoven". muziekgebouweindhoven.nl. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Advisor, Resident. "Daniel Bjarnason and Ben Frost: A soundtrack to Solaris". residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason to arrange Sigur Rós". icelandmusic.is. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris". barbican.org.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Gustavo Dudamel Conducts La Phil In Bjarnason World Premiere And Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3 With Yuja Wang - Gustavo Dudamel". gustavodudamel.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "John Adams Leads the La Phil New Music Group in a Green Umbrella Program Featuring Premiers by Daníel Bjarnason and Nico Muhly". laphil.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  14. ^ {{cite web|url=http://en.sinfonia.is/concerts-tickets/bedroom-comunity-at-iceland-airwaves%7Ctitle=Bedroom Comunity at Iceland Airwaves
  15. ^ Tix.is. "Daníel og Debussy". tix.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Louis Langrée - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra". mostlymozart.org. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "About the Orchestra". sinfonia.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason". laphil.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  19. ^ http://palace.co, Palace -. "Frames - Rambert". rambert.org.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Debussy, Donatoni & Bjarnason - Britten Sinfonia". brittensinfonia.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops announce Major International Tours in 2017". cincinnatisymphony.org. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  22. ^ http://opera.is/en/folk/daniel-bjarnason/
  23. ^ "Release: Calder Quartet Performs Beethoven, Janáček, Bjarnason, and Norman - ArtPower". ucsd.edu. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Reykjavík Festival". laphil.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "Icelandic Music Awards Winners 2015". icelandmusic.is. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason - Ísmús". ismus.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  27. ^ "Chosen One: Daníel Bjarnason". fracturedair.com. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  28. ^ a b "Daníel Bjarnason new Artist-in-residence". sinfonia.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  29. ^ Review, Iceland (18 February 2013). "The Deep Wins 11 Edda Awards". icelandreview.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  30. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason". icelandmusic.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.