Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason is an Icelandic conductor, pianist, violist and composer. He studied conducting with Fred Buttkewitz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin after completing his studies as a violinist and violist at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Bjarnason won the Brightest Prospect award at the Icelandic Music awards 2016, and has worked with some of the most influential contemporary artists of Iceland. Among them is Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, who’s opera UR_ he recently conducted in Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
Bjarnason has made string arrangements and appeared as a string player with numerous Icelandic artists such as Ólafur Arnalds and Asgeir Trausti. Bjarnason composed the music to renowned director Thorleifur Örn Arnarson’s prize–winning Ibsen adaptation, Enemy of the Duck, at the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo in 2016. He was the conductor for Björks orchestral concerts at the Iceland Airwaves in 2016 and will conduct her upcoming show in Mexico City. Recently Bjarnason was announced conductor with the Icelandic Opera where he will make his debut with Tosca in October 2017.