Projects

All YoungReportes projects are customsized, both to the according festival and participants. There is very often a mix of German- or English-speaking participants, everybody is invited to write in the language they feel more comfortable in. From Iceland to South Africa, from Hannover to Davos. Please find a selection of recent workshops here:

Nordic Music Days – Each year the national societies of composers organize the festival in turn on behalf of the Council of Nordic Composers.
ECLATReporter – at ECLAT Festival of new Music in Stuttgart
UltraschallReporter – at Ultraschall Festival of new Music in Berlin
YECReporters – at Young Euro Classic international Youth Orchestra Festival in Berlin
Karajan Music Tech – Journalistic exploration amongst explorerers at Karajan Music Tech Conference and Cultural Lab in Salzburg
JJVReporters – at Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover
DAVOS FESTIVAL Reporters – Teenagers from Davos meet young artists

Music in the Dark

Inga Margrét Bragadóttir, 17 Jahre

January is not an enjoyable month in Iceland. But amid the cold and windy days, a festival is held – a music festival.

A Multicultural Sense of Wonder

Sóley Anna Jónsdóttir, 19 Jahre

There’s something in the air. The music floats around, one can never quite place a finger on it but everyone can feel it from deep within.

Capriccio

Snædís Birna Brynjarsdóttir, 16 Jahre

Capriccio is a beautiful work done by Áskel Másson, it’s magical the entire time and makes you feel more alive.

Wavy music in Iceland

Daníel Kári Jónsson, 20 Jahre

Kjartan himself describes his piece as a colourful wavy journey and I think he executed it very well. I could imagine the sea glimmering in the sun. Truly a night to remember in Harpa.

A Modern Homage to the Past

Alvilda Eyvör Elmarsdóttir, 18 Jahre

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of modern day classical music and as we are walking into the hall of Eldborg, I feel a tad nervous about what is to come.

Engines in the Head

Lúkas Þorlákur Jones, 19 Jahre

A moving piece that fully deserves its praise and gives an intimate and personal perspective on a traumatic part of someone’s life.

Copper world

Andreas Guðmundsson, 22 Jahre

“Capriccio” by Áskell Másson starts very energetically and quickly, the small Darabuka drum, played by the composer himself,  starts establishing an interesting rhythm that continues throughout most of the piece.

Composing personality

Hugi Garðarsson, 25 Jahre

Harpa is hosting many of the Dark Music Days concerts. One program is called „Flekarnir“, tectonic plates in English, and includes pieces from various Icelandic composers.

“I felt like I was in an airplane”

Amelia April Steel, 18 Jahre

Quite the impressive concert took place in Harpan, consisting of pieces by Kjartan Ólafsson, Haukur Tómasson, Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir, Gunnar Andreas Kristinsson and Áskell Másson. Ingibjörg’s work really stood out to me!

NMD Impact

Daniela Amado, 28 Jahre

I walk wide-eyed into Harpa, the steel honeycomb prism that anyone in Reykjavik recognizes as the most prestigious venue in Iceland. Coming from a Latin American country, everything from the design to the inner workings of a first class arts institution fascinates me.

Overall happiness

Lilja Sól Helgadóttir, 17 Jahre

Some of the pieces were just so beautiful! Harpist Katie Buckley and Frank Aarnink, the percussionist who plays that „stuss“, form the Duo Harpverk – were playing amazing throughout the concert.

Eternally

Fannar Árni Ágústsson, 16 Jahre

Háttatal by Guðmundur managed to give me a glimpse of a world of music that, until now, has been unknown to me and for that, I will be eternally grateful.

Viðtal við Ernu Völu

Hugi Garðarsson, 24 Jahre

Last Wednesday I went to a Nordic Music Days concert starring Siggi String Quartet. They had two guest performers in Fabian Svensson’s „Five Obsessive Movements“, playing a melodica and a toy piano. I had a little chat with the pianist, Erna Vala Arnardóttir.

Eating pigs in front of pigs

Styrmir Palsson, 19 Jahre

Have you ever eaten pork while standing besides a pig? Have you ever talked about slaughtering pigs in front of pigs? No? Composer Mathias Monrad Møller was letting people try that at the Reykjavík zoo, it was strange but very, very interesting.

Grisaille

Lilja Sól Helgasdóttir, 17 Jahre

During the world premiere of Gunnar Karel Másson’s piece in Harpa, I wrote this poem.

Podcast: Siggi String Quartet

Styrmir Palsson, 19 Jahre

Styrmir and Hugi discussing the concert of Siggi String Quartet, featuring Ásthildur Ákadóttir, melodica and Erna Vala Arnardóttir, toy piano

Nýtt og norrænt – new and Nordic

Young Reporters at MIT Reykjavík, 17 Jahre

Iceland Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with Nordic Music Days 2022 performed five works at Harpa concert hall. Best thing: 25 students of Menntaskóli í tónlist, the Reykjavík Music School, were attending the concert first row. Here is what they wrote…

This man has more time than anyone else

Styrmir Palsson, 19 Jahre

Gunnar Karel Masson is an Icelandic composer whose work will be performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the Nordic Music Days. His piece is called „Grisaille“ and Gunnar completed the writing of the piece in August, so the people at the concert will be attending the world premiere!

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All at once

Styrmir Palsson, 19 Jahre

Marcella Lucatelli started as a classical singer and was interested in making her own staged works, really pushing the visuals and the moments as well as the aesthetics of it. Therefore, she became a composer accidentally.