Daníel Bjarnason

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Daníel Bjarnason
Born (1979-02-26) February 26, 1979 (age 39)
Iceland
GenresClassical, experimental
Occupation(s)Composer, Conductor, Curator
LabelsBedroom Community
Websitehttp://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 composer in residence at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Eindhoven[7] and was artist in residence with Iceland Symphony Orchestra from 2015 to 2018. His versatility has given him the opportunity to collaborate with respected artists from many different genres, including Ben Frost,[8]Sigur Ros[9] and Brian Eno.[10]

Various conductors have also performed Daníel's work; including Gustavo Dudamel,[11] John Adams,[12] André de Ridder,[13] James Conlon[14] Louis Langrée[15] and Ilan Volkov[16]

Recently, Bjarnason's work has included collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic,[17] Rambert Dance Company,[18] Britten Sinfonia,[19] Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,[20] So Percussion[21] and the Calder Quartet.[22] In August 2017, he will act as a co-curator, composer and conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival.[23]

Awards[edit]

Daníel Bjarnason has won numerous awards at the Icelandic Music Awards, including Song Of The Year (2015) for Ek ken di nag [24] and Composer of the Year, 2013 for his works The Isle Is Full of Noises and Over Light Earth.[25][26] Over Light Earth (2013) won the Icelandic Music Award for the best classical CD of the year in 2013.[27] 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.[28] In 2010, Bjarnason was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council’s Music Prize, and won the Kraumur Music Award.[29] Daníel has also been awarded a grant from the Kristján Eldjárn Memorial Fund.[27]

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)

Operas[edit]

  • Brothers (2017)

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. ^ www.x-com.nl. "Composer in residence - Muziekgebouw Eindhoven". muziekgebouweindhoven.nl. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  8. ^ Advisor, Resident. "Daniel Bjarnason and Ben Frost: A soundtrack to Solaris". residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason to arrange Sigur Rós". icelandmusic.is. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris". barbican.org.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Bedroom Comunity at Iceland Airwaves". sinfonia.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  14. ^ Tix.is. "Daníel og Debussy". tix.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Louis Langrée - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra". mostlymozart.org. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  16. ^ "About the Orchestra". sinfonia.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason". laphil.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  18. ^ http://palace.co, Palace -. "Frames - Rambert". rambert.org.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Debussy, Donatoni & Bjarnason - Britten Sinfonia". brittensinfonia.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops announce Major International Tours in 2017". cincinnatisymphony.org. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  21. ^ http://opera.is/en/folk/daniel-bjarnason/
  22. ^ "Release: Calder Quartet Performs Beethoven, Janáček, Bjarnason, and Norman - ArtPower". ucsd.edu. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  23. ^ "Reykjavík Festival". laphil.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  24. ^ "Icelandic Music Awards Winners 2015". icelandmusic.is. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  25. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason - Ísmús". ismus.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  26. ^ "Chosen One: Daníel Bjarnason". fracturedair.com. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Daníel Bjarnason new Artist-in-residence". sinfonia.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  28. ^ Review, Iceland (18 February 2013). "The Deep Wins 11 Edda Awards". icelandreview.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Daníel Bjarnason". icelandmusic.is. Retrieved 8 February 2017.