Concert Thursday July 27th noon

ANDREAS SCHMIDT – Baryton Germany
HÖRÐUR ÁSKELSSON – Organist Hallgrímskirkja Reykjavík

Thursday July 27th 12 pm noon

Music by: H. Schütz, J.S. Bach, A. Dvorák, F. Mendelssohn


Andreas Schmidt – baryton

Inga Rós Ingólfsdóttir – cellist

The couple Inga Rós Ingólfsdóttir and Hörður Áskelsson travelled in 1976 to Düsseldorf in Germany for further studies at the Robert Schumann Conservatory and there they met and became friends with Andreas Schmidt. He and Hörður were fellow students in the Department for Church Music. Hörður continued with the organ but Andreas moved into singing and studied with Ingeborg Reichelt and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Still in their studies they formed a trio and performed both in Germany and here in Iceland. They were invited to give a concert in the Iceland
National Television’s Studio. The very first performance of the Hallgrímskirkja Motet Choir was in a concert where Andreas Schmidt performed two of Bach’s solo cantatas in late August 1982 in the chapel that was in the South hall in Hallgrímskirkja.

Inga Rós has been a member of the Iceland Symphony Orcestra since 1982 and for many years also a permanent member of the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra. In recent years she has also been the managing director of the Hallgrímskirkja Friends of the Arts Society and the Sacred Arts Festival.

Hörður Áskelsson – organist

Since 1982, Hörður Áskelsson has been organist and cantor of Hallgrímskirkja, director of Hallgrímskirkja Motet Choir and the Schola cantorum chamber choir as well as artistic director of the Friends of the Arts Society and the festivals it arranges.

Andreas Schmidt’s debut on the opera stage was as Malatesta in Don Pasquale by Donizetti in 1984. He performed in some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world , such as La Scala, Covent Garden and at the Metropolitan Opera. He is also a respected oratorio and Lieder singer and has, as such, also performed here in Iceland. From 2005 he taught at the Carl Maria von Weber Music Academy in Dresden and from 2010 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

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Thursday concert – 30 min 2000 ISK

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