Conductor BJARNI FRÍMANN BJARNASON is among the most versatile and gifted artists of his generation. He won the Brightest Prospect award at the Icelandic Music awards 2016. He studied conducting with Fred Buttkewitz at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin after completing his studies as a violinist and violist at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. As a conductor, pianist, violist, and composer, Bjarnason has already worked with some of the most influential contemporary artists of Iceland. He recently conducted Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s new opera, UR_, in Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland. Bjarnason has made string arrangements and appeared as a string player with numerous Icelandic artists such as Ólafur Arnalds and Asgeir Trausti. Bjarnason composed the music to renowned director Thorleifur Örn Arnarson’s prize-winning Ibsen adaptation, Enemy of the Duck, at the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo in 2016. He was the conductor for Björk’s orchestral concerts at the Iceland Airwaves in 2016 and will conduct her upcoming show in Mexico City. Recently Bjarnason was announced as a conductor with the Icelandic Opera, where he will make his debut with Tosca in October 2017.