The Icelandic mezzo-sopranoÂ GudrÃºn Ã“lafsdÃ³ttir has won many prizes in international singing competitions and performed extensively across Europe, both in chamber music and with orchestras such as the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, The St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. She has also performed in opera and recorded several CDs. GudrÃºn studied at the ReykjavÃk College of Music under Rut MagnÃºsson, before moving to London, where she completed a Master of Music degree and the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studying with Professor Laura Sarti.
Voice and Guitar Duo
The collaboration between GudrÃºn Ã“lafsdÃ³ttir and her husband, the Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier JÃ¡uregui, began in 2002 with a recital in London. Since then they have performed as a duo in venues such as The Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, St Jamesâ€™s Palace, The Bolivar Hall and St Johnâ€™s Waterloo in London, Hopetoun House in Scotland, the Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Icelandic National Opera in Iceland, the Palau de la MÃºsica de Valencia and the Auditorio PrÃncipe Felipe in Spain, and the Glinka Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society in Russia. In 2008 their CD Mine is Yours â€“ Icelandic and Spanish Songs, was released by Icelandic label 12 tÃ³nar.
New music plays an important role in GudrÃºnâ€™s career. She has offered world premiÃ¨res of new works by composers of different nationalities, sometimes specifically commissioned by her, both in her role as a performer and as the artistic director of the Kirkjubaejarklaustur Chamber Music Festival in Iceland. Composers whoâ€™s works she has premiered include Haukur TÃ³masson, Hugi Gudmundsson, Federico Jusid, AgustÃn Castilla-Ãvila, DanÃel Bjarnason, GuÃ°mundur Ã“li Sigurgeirsson, HreiÃ°ar Ingi Thorsteinsson, Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, Atli Heimir Sveinsson and ThurÃdur JÃ³nsdÃ³ttir.