Sigurbjörnsson: Rek, Four Icelandic Folk Songs
Einar Jóhannesson was born in Iceland and studied at the Reykjavík College of Music with Gunnar Egilson. On graduating he entered the Royal College of Music in London and won the prestigious Thurston Prize. After completing his studies, Jóhannesson lived and worked in England and Ireland for several years. He has broadcast frequently for the BBC with the pianist Philip Jenkins and as a member of the Reykjavík Wind Quintet. In 1976 Jóhannesson won a competition to participate in Sir Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music scheme, and three years later he was awarded the Sonning Prize for Young Nordic Soloists. Einar Jóhannesson has premiered many works by Icelandic composers, some of which were written especially for him. He is currently principal clarinettist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Philip Jenkins studied with Harold Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He received many important awards including the Macfarren Gold Medal and the Dove Prize for distinguished studentship. On leaving the RAM he continued his studies in Paris and then with the legendary British pianist Dame Myra Hess. Early in his career he won first prize in the Daily Mirror National Piano Competition and his performances at major international competitions in Warsaw, Leeds, Bolzano and Brussels gained him the presigious Harriet Cohen International Piano Medal. He took up his present post as Head of Keyboard Studeis at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1989.
1 Nielsen: Fantasistykke
2 Burgmüller: Duo Op.15
Schumann: Fantasiestücke op.73
3 Zart und mit Ausdruck
4 Lebhaft, leicht
5 Rasch und mit Feuer
6 Thórarinsson: Sonata
7 Sigurbjörnsson: Rek
8 Sigurbjörnsson: Four Icelandic Folk Songs