On Museum Night of the Winter Festival Friday, February 7th. at 20:00, Sigrún Harðardóttir visual artist will perform a performance
in Reykjavik City Hall in collaboration with the Choir Harmoníukórinn under the direction of Krisztina Kalló Szklenár. In a conversation with flow of colors and drum beat on the canvas, the choir will perform variations on Alleluia by Martin Phipps. The work takes about an hour and entrance is free and open to everyone.
Sigrún Harðardóttir visual artist was born on May 18, 1954 in Reykjavik. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts and Crafts in 1982 and went on to postgraduate studies at the National Academy
of Art in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1982-86 where she majored
in, among other things. film, video art and audio mixing. From the Netherlands, Sigrún moved to Canada where she worked as an artist, in post-production for films and as teacher in the design department
of the University of Québeck, Montreal. In 1999, Sigrún enrolled in the Faculty of Communication at the same university and graduated there in 2005 with a master's degree in multimedia with an emphasis on interactive installations. During her career, Sigrún has worked with painting, painting-performance in collaboration with musicians, video and video installations and in recent years developed interactivity within that medium in collaboration with the engineer Joseph T. Foley.
Sigrún has participated in exhibitions, both private and collective, around the world and works by her are owned by both private and public collections, such as the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, Kopavogur Art Museum, Árnesinga Art Museum, Lima
in the Netherlands, Ordigraphe in Montreal Canada and the private collection of Antonio and Janina Manchini in Toronto Canada.
In addition, some of her video works are distributed at Lima in the Netherlands, Femlink in France and at 700IS Reindeer Land.
Krisztina Kalló Szklenár
Krisztina Kalló Szklenár organist and conductor of the Choir Harmóníukórinn was born on February 9, 1965 in Györ, Hungary.
She graduated with a master's degree from the Franz Liszt Academy
of Music in Budapest in 1989 and received a teaching position at the Györ Teacher University that same year. In 1990 Krisztina was hired as Headmaster of the School of Music in Holmavík, and also as organist at the church where she worked for the next 3 years. She then returned to teaching at the Teacher University in Györ and in 1995 she received Adjunct position at the School of Music. In 1997 Krisztina was offered a position in Vík í Mýrdal and she and her family moved back to Iceland.
In 2002, Krisztina completed an Kantor degree and was assigned to the Church in Árbær Reykjavík. There she works as organist and choir and music director of the church. Krisztina has been the conductor of the Choir Harmóníukórinn since 2011. She has also conducted numerous other choirs.
The Choir Harmóníukórinn was founded in 1991 by Landsvirkjun's employees and was then named the Landsvirkjun Choir. In 2013 these connections were severed and the choir was renamed the Harmóníukórinn. The first choir conductor was Páll Helgason (1991-2005), while other directors are Keith Reed (2005-2009), Julian Isaacs (2010) and Krisztina K. Szklenár has been the choir director since 2011. In the latter years the choir has had facilities for rehearsals and concert in the church in Árbær.
The Choir is a mixed choir with about 45 members. Choosing a variety of Icelandic music is important, but the choir also often sings the religious works of old masters such as Hadn, Bach and Mozart. Major works performed by the choir are Carmina Burana, Ceutche Mewwe D872 (Schubert), Mass of the Children (Rutter), Messe bréve (Gounod), Missa brevis (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart) and The Magic Flute (Mozart). This spring the choir will go to Hungary and perform,
among others, the baroque works Credo RV-591 by Antonio Vivaldi and Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo by Joseph Haydn with the accompaniment of the Hungarian baroque band Capella Savaria, which is known around the world for its performance of baroque music.