There are some exciting events happening in the next few months!
On February 2-4th Melkorka will be performing chamber music in the beautiful town of Niseko, Hokkaido, North Japan, with other members from the HPAC Orchestra; Soojin Chang, violin, Rebecca Matayoshi, viola, and Andrea Kleesattel, cello.
Here is the flyer for the concerts.
Melkorka has passed the premliminary screening for the 8th Kobe International Flute Competition, together with 62 other young flutists from around the world! The competition will be happening on March 28 -April 6th 2013.
For more information about the competition, the contestants, jury and repertoire, click the image on the right.
On the 11th of April Melkorka will be playing a recital in the Grand Hall of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center, together with her long time friend from her studies in Amsterdam, amazing pianist Helena Basilova. On the program are pieces by Philippe Gaubert, Toru Takemitsu, Takashi Yoshimatsu and Sergei Prokofiev.
For tickets click the image on the right:
For more information on Helena Basilova, go to her webpage by clicking her photo below:
On the 26th and 27th of April Melkorka will be performing Mozart´s Flute and Harp Concerto in the Recital Hall of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center, with harpist Margit-Anna Suss and conductor Hansjörg Schellenberger. She is looking forward to this great opportunity to play as a soloist with her orchestra with incredible musicians!
For tickets click the image on the left. For information on Margit-Anna Suss, click the image on the right.
Melkorka Ólafsdóttir is currently the co-principal flutist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, a unique symphony orchestra in Japan. The orchestra was founded in 2005, 10 years after the Kobe earthquake left the area in ruins. It's goal is to be a symbol of revival and a hub of future artistic developments in the Hyogo area. Under the leadership of internationally renowned conductor Maestro Yutaka Sado, HPAC Orchestra serves as a final training ground for professional-level musicians from around the world. The orchestra’s core membership comprises 48 young professional musicians up to 35 years of age, and their term is up to three years. Members were selected through competitive auditions held in Japan, Europe and North America.
For more information about the orchestra and its core members click the image below:
For tickets click this image:
On the 29th of September Melkorka will be performing two pieces by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra's new chief conductor, Ilan Volkov, in Harpa, Reykjavik's new concert hall. The pieces are I hear the water dreaming, for flute and orchestra and Air, for solo flute. After intermission the orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler´s great 7th Symphony.
For more information and tickets click the image:
Five star review of the concert from Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic);
The concert was a top concert choice of the year 2011 by Morgunblaðið's reviewers: "Volkov and Melkorka get top marks from critics" - Morgunblaðið newspaper
The concert was selected as one of the Classical Concerts of the Year, 2011, by newspaper Morgunblaðið:
Melkorka has been offered a position in the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan. She will start work there in September 2011. Artistic director of the Hyogo PAC Orchestra is the world renowned conductor Yutaka Sado. More information about the orchestra is here:
Icelandic media on the news
Melkorka to join Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra - icelandicmusic.is