Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis
Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis was founded by Hörður Áskelsson in 1996, and the choir has been a significant presence in Icelandic music ever since. Its diverse repertoire ranges from Renaissance and Baroque music to contemporary works, with a particular focus on Icelandic music.
Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis has performed extensively throughout Europe, as well as in the United States and Japan. In 2017, the Los Angeles Philharmonic invited the choir to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of its Reykjavík Festival. The choir has an impressive discography, including the complete choral and orchestral works of Jón Leifs, released on the BIS label. Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from Björk and Sigur Rós to Jóhann Jóhannsson, and has even contributed to the soundtrack of the popular video game God of War.
Schola Cantorum Reykjavicensis’ accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In 2007, the choir was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize, and in 2009, it was appointed as the Official Music Ensemble of the City of Reykjavík. The choir’s outstanding contributions to music were recognised at the 2017 Iceland Music Awards, where it was named Performer of the Year.