Meditation on a Journey
I entitled my recital in the Nordic House on November 11th, 2012 “Meditation on a Journey”. On this occasion, I performed a selection of works by Icelandic and foreign composers, works that I had encountered at some point along the road and wished to become better acquainted with. Some of the works performed in the concert I chose for this CD. Pianist Jón Sigurðsson performed a few pieces with me at this recital, including Ríkarður Örn Pálsson’s Bassoon Sonata, which we recorded in the wake of the recital.
I dedicated the recital to my first teacher, Sigurður Markússon. This occasion prompted me to reflect back on the thread leading back to my studies at the Reykjavík College of Music in 1980–87. That was the beginning of a journey that led me to the United States, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and finally back to Iceland. Along the way I was profoundly influenced by great teachers – Arthur Weisberg, Joep Terwey and William Winstead. This raised my awareness of the interconnectedness of things, my origins and the influence of pioneers on the thinking of my generation, respect for the music and our undertakings.
As human beings, we are the products of our origins and the influences we have experienced throughout life’s journey. Iceland was transformed from a poor farming society into a modern, developed nation in the 20th century. Nature, magnificent and often harsh, has shaped the nation and exerted a decisive influence over its history and self-image. Man, nature and history are a single, indivisible whole.