Ongoing Classical Concerts in Harpa in the Summer of 2017

Reykjavik Classics is a concert series featuring live classical performances at Harpa two times a day for the rest of the summer. Each concert is only 30 minutes long—a perfect addition to the mandatory visit to Harpa.

Reykjavik Classics is a concert series taking place at Harpa Concert Hall this summer. Harpa, Reykjavik’s concert and conference hall, is one of Iceland’s most impressive buildings and a popular tourist attraction. 

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra season will not open until early September so Reykjavik Classics is ideal for music lovers visiting in the summer. 

The musicians performing at Reykjavik Classics are all world class artists and some of them are members of the ISO. The concerts will take place at Eldborg, Harpa’s main hall. Critics from all over the world have acclaimed Eldborg’s dynamic and elegant acoustics. Gramophone, for instance, called the concert hall “one of the ten best new concert halls of the new millenium”. 

As a classical musician I can wholeheartedly recommend the Reykjavik Classics series. I have already purchased a ticket to Melkorka Olafsdottir and Ashildur Haraldsdottir’s performance later this month and hopefully I’ll be going to more concerts later this summer. 

There are two concerts each day, one at 12:30 pm and another at 3:30 pm. My idea of a perfect visit to Harpa would be to go there at 12 pm and stroll around the house until the concert starts. After the concert, go to Smurstöðin at Harpa and treat yourself to some delicious lunch. You could also go to the 3:30 pm concert and have a couple of drinks during Smurstöðin's happy hour afterwards (it's from 4 to 6 pm). 

Harpa concert hall by the harbour in Reykjavik.

The program:

June 26–July 2 – Favorite Flute Duos
Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, flute & Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, flute

July 3–9 – Mendelssohn First String Quartet op. 12
Páll Palomares, violin, Vera Panitch, violin, Jevgenija Frolova, viola, Johan Krarup, cello

July 10–16 – Beethoven Piano Quartet op. 16
Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir, piano, Ari Þór Vilhjálmsson, violin, Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir, viola, Sigurður Bjarki Gunnarsson, cello

July 17–23 – Schumann Fantasie & Volkstone
Sigurgeir Agnarsson, cello & Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir, piano

July 24–30 – Mozart & Kreisler
Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, violin & Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir, piano

July 31–Aug 6 – Sound the Trumpets
Guðmundur Hafsteinsson, trumpet, Baldvin Oddsson, trumpet, Vilhjálmur Ingi Sigurðarsson, trumpet, Jóhann Ingvi Stefánsson, trumpet

August 7–13 – Beethoven Lieder
Þóra Einarsdóttir, soprano & Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir, piano

August 14–16 – Great Guitar Solos
Svanur Vilbergsson, guitar


Q & A

When is it?
Every day from June 26th to the 16th of August. 

How long is each event?
30 minutes. 

I am in Iceland now but there aren’t any concerts until the 26th of August. Are there any concerts now?
Yes, you can check out Reykjavik Midsummer Music. It’s definitely one of the most interesting classical music festivals in Iceland. 

How much is one ticket?
2900 isk. 

Is there an interval?
No, each concert is just 30 minutes long so there is no interval.