Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1950, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra is Iceland’s national orchestra. The orchestra has been widely praised for its performances and recordings, and each year it presents a full season of subscription concerts, school and family concerts, and concerts devoted to modern music. Vladimir Ashkenazy has conducted the orchestra regularly since the early 1970s and currently holds the position of Conductor Laureate. In September 2016, Yan Pascal Tortelier assumed the post of Principal Conductor, previously held by conductors such as Jean-Pierre Jacquillat, Petri Sakari, Rumon Gamba, Ilan Volkov, and Osmo Vänskä, who holds the title of Principal Guest Conductor. Since 2011, the orchestra’s home has been Harpa Concert Hall in downtown Reykjavík.


The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has recorded widely for various international labels. The orchestra’s complete cycle of Sibelius symphonies under the direction of Petri Sakari was much praised by critics. Most recently, the orchestra has recorded the complete orchestral works of Vincent d’Indy with Rumon Gamba for the Chandos label. The first volume of the series was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Orchestral Performance, and the second volume was an Editor’s Choice selection in Gramophone magazine. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has toured widely in Europe and the United States. Its concerts abroad include appearances at the BBC Proms and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as two concerts in Carnegie Hall, in 1996 and again in 2000. The New York Times’ critic Alex Ross described the orchestra’s performance under Osmo Vänskä as “sensational… one of the finest Sibelius performances I have encountered.”

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Gustavsson, conductor

ODE 1282-2

Released 08/2016

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