The Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir 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. Gudrún studied at the Reykjavík College of Music under Rut Magnússon, 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 Gudrún Ólafsdóttir and her husband, the Spanish classical guitarist Francisco Javier Jáuregui, 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 James’s Palace, The Bolivar Hall and St John’s Waterloo in London, Hopetoun House in Scotland, the Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Icelandic National Opera in Iceland, the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Spain, and the Glinka Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society in Russia. In 2008 their CD Mine is Yours – Icelandic and Spanish Songs, was released by Icelandic label 12 tónar.
New music plays an important role in Gudrún’s career. She has offered world premières 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 who’s works she has premiered include Haukur Tómasson, Hugi Gudmundsson, Federico Jusid, Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Daníel Bjarnason, Guðmundur Óli Sigurgeirsson, Hreiðar Ingi Thorsteinsson, Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, Atli Heimir Sveinsson and Thurídur Jónsdóttir.