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Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has obtained the 2023 ‘Worldwide Nordic Particular person of the Yr Award’ from CoScan, the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies within the UK. The award recognises Ólafsson as “a rare advocate for music throughout the generations,” and was offered by the Ambassador of Iceland, His Excellency Sturla Sigurjónsson, and Alexander Malmaeus, Chairman of CoScan, throughout a live performance at London’s Royal Competition Corridor on 28 January 2023, after Ólafsson carried out the Schumann Piano Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner.
Chairman of CoScan, Alexander Malmaeus, continued: “Iceland is perhaps the nation with the smallest inhabitants within the Nordic area, however it’s bursting with musical expertise from which we’re all vastly enriched. Víkingur reaches new audiences with various musical tastes, and he has an unbelievable means to make us hear freshly and achieve one thing new from his each efficiency. We’re thrilled that he has accepted the award.’
Víkingur Ólafsson commented: “Thanks a lot to CoScan for this award…. which I take into account my love letter to the UK. The north is a mind-set above every part else, and so if I’ve introduced Nordic tradition to the UK and Eire, then one thing has been achieved.’