Nordic Festival, November 1 2014

The WSO’s week-long Nordic Festival is dedicated to celebrating the music of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden and features two of Iceland’s leading musicians: violinist Sigrun Edvaldsdottir and pianist Vikingur Olafsson. Composers highlighted include Sibelius, Kjartan Sveinsson, Kenley Kristofferson, Grieg, Nielsen and much more.

Vikingur Plays Grieg: Nordic Festival Finale

October 31, 2014 8:00 PM
Centennial Concert Hall
555 Main St
Winnipeg, MB

Kenley Kristofferson: Morgun
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”

  • Alexander Mickelthwate – conductor
  • Vikingur Olafsson – piano

The opening notes of Grieg’s Piano Concerto introduce a romantic musical journey that has placed this work among the most beloved of all. Exciting young Icelander Vikingur Olafsson will reveal its treasures as we close our week-long Nordic Festival. Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony is a triumph for timpani, and an incredibly exciting orchestral display. Manitoba composer Kenley Kristofferson’s Morgun honours the 125th anniversary of Manitoba’s Icelandic community in Gimli.


Alexander Mickelthwate, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Music Director






Kenley Kristofferson


Icelandic Pianist, Víkingur Ólafsson




The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra






Víkingur Ólafsson

“Iceland’s rising star of a pianist” (Sunday Times), Víkingur Ólafsson has been described as “born to play piano” (New York Sun) and praised as for his “perfect continuity of thought” (Giornale della musica).









Baby Grand Piano



Víkingur Ólafsson and Matthew Patton



Composer Kenley Kristofferson




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