Víkingur Ólafsson
Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson

About Víkingur Ólafsson

Between appearances with the world’s premier orchestras, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson crafts interpretations of some of classical music’s most iconic works.

Winterreise, his take on Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s song cycle of the same name, was named Classical Album of the Year at the 2012 Icelandic Music Awards.
∙ Italian composer Dario Marianelli tapped him to perform on the BAFTA-nominated soundtrack for the Oscar-winning 2017 drama Darkest Hour.
Gramophone named him Artist of the Year for his 2018 breakout, Johann Sebastian Bach, which also won Album of the Year honors at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.
Debussy – Rameau, which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Classical chart, included “The Arts and the Hours,” listed by NPR Music as one of the 100 Best Songs of 2020.
∙ Gifted with perfect pitch, he also has a rare neurological phenomenon called synesthesia, which causes him to visualize each musical pitch as a specific color.

  • HOMETOWN
    Rejkyavik, Iceland
  • BORN
    February 14, 1984