Festive New Year Sounds!

Festive New Year Sounds

Sunday December 30th at 5 pm & Monday December 31st at 4 pm.

The highly popular New Years event returns with festive music for two trumpets and organ.

Two exceptional young Icelandic trumpet players visit from New York and Paris to start the New Year festivities with the Klais organ.

Music by Clarke, Francescini, Manfredini, Torelli, Albinoni, Charpentier and J.S. Bach ( Toccata and fuge in d-minor).

Performers: Baldvin Oddsson trumpet, Jóhann Nardeau trumpet, Björn Steinar Sólbergsson organ.

Ticket price: 4500 ISK, 50% discount for students, disabled and members of the Friends of the Arts Society of Hallgrímskirkja.

Ticket sale online on midi.is and in the church shop- open daily from 9am- 5pm.



CV Johann Nardeau

Johann Nardeau was born in December 1987 in Reykjavík, into a French-Icelandic family of musicians. He started playing brass instruments at the age of ten and graduated from the Reykjavík College of Music in 2006. That same year Johann moved to France for further studies with Eric Aubier in Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison where Johann won a “1er prix” with highest distinction, after only one year. In 2008 Johann was the only trumpet player to enter the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) and in spring 2013 graduated with a master’s degree from the class of Antoine Curé and Laurent Bourdon.

As a soloist with orchestra Johann Nardeau has performed much of the standard trumpet repertoire. He has worked as freelance player in orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, The Paris Opera, Macao Symphony Orchestra, Limoges Opera, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Orchestre Lamoureux, Orchestre de chambre de Versailles. During the years 2013-2015 Johann was principal trumpet of the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire in Paris. Johann Nardeau is a laureate of International trumpet competitions in Budapest (2009) and Moscow (2011). He is an active member of the Parisian Brass ensemble Cu2+, Sécession Orchestra and Paris Mozart Orchestra to name a few. Since 2017 Johann teaches trumpet in the Sèvres Conservatory in the vicinity of Paris


Baldvin Oddsson graduated from Manhattan School of Music in December 2016. He won the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Young Musician Award and played as a soloist with the orchestra.
Since then he has played with the trumpet section of the ISO on many occassions. Baldvin and his teacher, the trumpet virtuoso Steven Burns, performed memorably at The Festival of Sacred Arts in Hallgrímskirkja in 2013.

Baldvin Oddsson also performed at the International Organ Summer in Hallgrimskirkja 2017 and 2018 with the Klais organ.



Björn Steinar Sólbergsson, organist of Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík was born in Akranes, western Iceland in 1961. In 1981 he completed his organ studies at the National Church School of Music before studying for a year in Rome with James E. Goëttsche. Björn Steinar then moved to France where he studied with Susan Landale at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Rueil Malmaison and received the Prix de Virtuosité in 1986. That same year he was appointed organist at Akureyri Church in the north of Iceland and following that he became very active in the musical life of Akureyri. 

In the autumn of 2006 Björn Steinar Sólbergsson was appointed organist at Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík. He is also the headmaster of the National Church School of Music in Reykjavík. 

Björn Steinar Sólbergsson received the DV Cultural Prize for the year 1999, the Icelandic Prize for Optimism in 2001 and he was The Akureyri Artist of the Year 2002. He also received the State artist salary in 1999 and 2015. 

Björn Steinar plays organ music from all periods as well as Icelandic organ music and arrangements of Scandinavian folk songs and dances. His recordings of organ and choir music have been released on several CD’s and broadcasted on Icelandic State Radio and TV.  

Björn Steinar has given concerts in the Nordic countries and all over the rest of Europe, in USA and Canada. He has given solo performances with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, the Akureyri Chamber Orchestra and with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. 

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