Trio Reykjavik at Hafnarborg
Trio Reykjavik has worked together for 21 years in collaboration with Hafnarborg, Hafnarfjordur Centre of Culture and Art. During these years the group has held many successful concerts, debuted many new works as well as giving its audiences a chance to hear some traditional classical music by the known masters. Many distinguished musicians, both foreign and Icelandic, have performed with the group which has helped to increase the variation of music.
Reykjavik Trio was established in 1988 by Halldór Haraldsson pianist, Guðný Guðmundsdóttir violin player and Gunnar Kvaran cellist. In 1996 Peter Maté pianist took the role of Halldór Haraldsson.
In its career Reykjavik Trio has performed in various known venues in Iceland and in many countries such as Denmark, Germany, Finland, Czech Republic and England. They have also played in the new music hall of Greenland. Recordings of the group have been played by many European radio stations and their first major CD came out in 2000. In June 1999 the Trio was awarded money from the Fund of Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttur and Sverrir Magnússon the founders of Hafnarborg. All the members of the group are tutors at the Iceland Academy of Arts, in the newly opened department of music and are also the chamber music band of the University. The group went on their first tour to United States in 2003, where they performed live on Chicago’s classical radio station. In summer 2006 the group went on a tour to the south of France. In 2007 they received the Reykjavik’s Council music group award which will provide them with a grant for three years.
Peter Maté pianist was born in Roznava in Czech Republic but has lived in Iceland since 1990. Whilst studying he won several prizes in his home country and later on from 1986 to 1987 started winning awards internationally in cities such as Vercelli and Enna in Italy. He has performed solos with the most distinguished classical music groups in Czech Republic, the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berlin and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra.
Peter has toured in France, United Kingdom, America and Eastern Europe. Music has been released where Peter has participated both as a solo player as well as with other musicians. Peter is a teacher at the Reykjavik Music School and The Iceland Academy of Arts.
Guðný Guðmundsdóttir was employed as the lead violinist of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in autumn 1974. She has led the orchestra under supervision of very well known conductors and played with many of the most famous soloists and solo singers of the world. She now shares her part at the orchestra with Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir. Guðný is also a full time tutor at the music department of The Iceland Academy of Art. Many of her former students have become successful musicians who have studied further at very prestigious universities abroad, won prizes internationally and play very important roles within orchestras both in Iceland and abroad. Guðný has often performed as a soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and also with orchestras in America, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Hong Kong. The recordings of her playing Icelandic music and sonata by Grieg along with Peter Maté have been praised internationally. In 2002 a solo performance CD was released by Polarfonia. In 1989 Guðný was awarded the Icelandic Order of the Falcon and the Culture prize of the newspaper DV the following year.
Gunnar Kvaran cellist was the head of The Reykjavik string instrumental department for 25 years but is now the professor of cello and chamber music at the music department of The Iceland Academy of Art. Gunnar is very active in holding concerts both in Iceland and abroad. He has held solo and chamber music concerts in many European countries as well as in the United States and Canada. He has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and Beethoven Haus in Bonn. Gunnar has many times performed with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and has often appeared on radio and television. Many CD’s including his playing have been released. He was awarded the prize from the fund of Dr.Gunnar Thoroddsen in 1990. In December 2001 he was offered to perform with Haukur Guðlaugsson organist, at a special festival concert in Vendrell Spain, Pablo Casals birth town. That day 125 years had past since Pablo Casal was born. Gunnar was awarded the Icelandic Order of the Falcon summer 2006 for his contribution to music.