Icelandic multi-instrumentalist/producer

Ólafur Arnalds

Photo by Marino Thorlacius


Genre-crossing compositions & a unique musical language

Born 1986 in the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbaer, a few kilometers outside of Reykjavîk, composer/performer Ólafur Arnalds has always enjoyed pushing boundaries with both his studio work and live-shows.

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007 he has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to a unique musical language.

Arnalds journey has not been the typical path for classical composers – beginning his music career instead as a drummer for metal bands.

In 2004, Arnalds was asked to write instrumentals for the album of metal band, Heaven Shall Burn. This led to more work in the field of neo-classical strings and piano based music, and ultimately the release of Eulogy for Evolution.

Ólafur has since written eight albums, several film scores and composed and played in many musicals from styles of prog-rock to electro-pop to classical minimalism.

‘Soaring string arrangements, masterfully minimal, poignant piano melodies and crunchy beat loops’ says FBi Radio.

Just Announced: Sophie Hutchings will be the support act for Ólafur Arnalds at this event.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre