Harpa - Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre
A striking addition to the Icelandic and European cultural scene, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre opened its doors to the public in May 2011. Harpa marries the most important classical music and performance venue in the country with an international conference centre. It offers a diverse range of performances, from classical to contemporary, and it’s home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera.
The main designers of the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre are Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects and Icelandic architectural firm Batteríið Architects. Henning Larsen Architects has gained a reputation for superb design, including the new Opera House in Copenhagen.
Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson designed the south facade and developed the principle for the remaining north/east/west facades and roof in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Elíasson deploys light, colour, and natural phenomena to test how physical movement, sensual engagement, and the interaction of body and brain influence our perception of our surroundings.
Harpa’s 2011-2012 season starts in September 8 with an Opening Concert:
Conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy will feel at home at the start of the 2011/12 season. His recordings of the complete works for piano by Rachmaninoff are considered among the best to date. There is no less anticipation for the reunion of Ashkenazy and favorite Icelandic soloist Víkingur Ólafsson who will perform Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.