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Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson (b.1985) is a versatile composer, conductor and singer based in Reykjavík, Iceland and Brighton, UK. He holds a doctorate degree in music composition (DMus) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, his time there was generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust. His research is titled "Opening Opera: Developing a framework that allows for the interactive creative processes of improvised theatre in the productions of new music-dramas." (more here).

Helgi has written 5 chamber operas to date: Glacier's Elegy (2019) and Football Opera (2016) for Opera Days in Iceland, After the Fall (2017/2019) as part of his doctorate research Opening Opera, Évariste (2015) for the Courtauld Gallery and Téte a Téte festival London, and Skuggablóm (Shadowflowers) (2007) for the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts (Söngskólinn í Reykjavík) supported by Kópavogur Arts Council (Lista- og Menningarráð Kópavogsbæjar).

Helgi’s original music for strings has been described by Icelandic critic Jónas Sen to have

“a strong personal style” which “echoes the past” but with a completely unique inspiration.

This music is available on Spotify on Ingvarsson’s debut album ‘Castle in Air’. The nine tracks on the album celebrate the solo string instruments, and especially the unique sonority of the cello. The title work, Castle in Air for solo cello, has been performed numerous times by fantastic UK based cellists like Guðný Jónasdóttir, Clare O'Connell of the Chroma Ensemble, and Martin Johnson section leader at RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland. Other notable recordings of Helgi’s work are by Elektra Ensemble of his quintet ELEKTRA and of his art song VETRARÞOKA / WINTER FOG recorded by soprano Rannveig Káradóttir and pianist Birna Hallgrímsdóttir. These recordings are available on Helgi’s website, and on Spotify.

Entertainment-focus.com described Helgi’s 4.1 Earths, which was premiered by ALDAorchestra in Brighton 6 December 2016, as being

“assembled with a powerful crescendo. I particularly loved the string sections and the double bass and the piano seemed to play off one another cleverly. [...] The concluding piece, Vetrarþoka [also by Helgi], […] was illuminating, delicate and beautiful.”

5against4.com had this to say about Helgi's piece Vefur / Loom, written for the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra:

“The final day of Iceland’s 2019 Dark Music Days festival was characterised by a back-and-forth between prosaic and profound. […] Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson’s new work Loom (Vefur) [...] made a striking impression [...] The orchestra [...] struck an interesting balance between sounding individual and acting as a group.”

Helgi has been awarded and supported in the past by e.g. The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, Guildhall’s Doctoral Candidate Development Fund, The Artists’ Salaries in Iceland, Tónskáldasjóður RÚV (the Icelandic national broadcaster's composer's fund), Arts Council England, Rannís research fund Iceland, STEF (copyright management society of Iceland), and Kópavogur Arts Council in Iceland.


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Dr. Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson (DMus) er tónskáld, stjórnandi, söngvari og kennari. Í apríl 2018 lauk Helgi við doktors rannsókn sína í tónsmíðum við Guildhall School of Music & Drama í London, hún ber heitið „Opening Opera: Developing a framework that allows for the interactive creative processes of improvised theatre in the productions of new music-dramas“. Þar rannsakaði hann óhefðbundnar nótnaritunaraðferðir sem styðja við gagnvirka skapandi samstarfsferla í uppfærslum á nýjum óperum. Helgi hefur skrifað fimm kammeróperur sem allar hafa verið fluttar annað hvort í London eða á Íslandi. Hann hefur mikinn áhuga á því að skapa samstarfsumhverfi þar sem flytjendur og tónskáld sígildrar tónlistar geta komið saman og skapað tónlist á jafnari grundvelli en venjulega gengur og gerist. Hann hefur þróað og kennt kúrsa með því markmiði í m.a. Listaháskóla Íslands og Söngskóla Sigurðar Demetz.

Árið 2015 kom út hljómplatan „Castle in air“ með tónlist fyrir strengi eftir Helga en tónlistinni á disknum var lýst af Jónasi Sen tónlistargagnrýnanda sem „ævintýraheim þar sem hver einasta tónahending hafði merkingu.“ Önnur markverð verk Helga á upptökum er m.a. kvintettinn „ELEKTRA“ sem má finna á fyrstu hljómplötu hinnar reykvísku kammer sveitar Elektra Ensemble, sem og sönglagið „Vetrarþoka“ sem Rannveig Káradóttir sópransöngkona og Birna Hallgrímsdóttir píanóleikari fluttu á plötu Rannveigar „Krot“ sem kom út árið 2016. Allar þessar upptökur má finna á heimasíðu Helga (http://helgiingvarsson.com/) sem og á Spotify.

Helgi hefur hlotið ýmis verðlaun og styrki, s.s. heiðurstitilinn „Composition fellow“ við Guildhall School í London, og stuðning frá Guildhall School Trust, Listamannalaunum, Lista- og Menningarráði Kópavogsbæjar, STEF, Arts Council England og Michael Tippett Musical Foundation í Englandi.