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Víkingur Ólafsson

Víkingur Ólafsson Plays Bach's Goldberg Variations

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  • BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 

Pre-concert lecture at 7pm by KUSC's Brian Lauritzen

Dubbed “the new superstar of classical piano” (The Daily Telegraph), Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson makes his Orange County recital debut.

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has made a profound impact with his remarkable combination of highest level musicianship and visionary programmes. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon - Philip Glass Piano Works (2017), Johann Sebastian Bach (2018), Debussy Rameau (2020) and Mozart & Contemporaries (2021) - captured the public and critical imagination and led to album streams of over 260 million. The New York Times dubbed him “Iceland’s Glenn Gould.”

Now one of the most sought-after artists of today, Ólafsson’s multiple awards include Gramophone magazine’s 2019 Artist of the Year, Opus Klassik Solo Recording Instrumental (twice) and Album of the Year at the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards.


sponsored by the Donna L. Kendall Foundation

Additional support from The Segerstrom Foundation

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