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New CD release

Eugène Ysaÿe

Solo Violin Sonatas 1-6 Op. 27

Available end of May on all streaming platforms

via Challenge Records

by Nicky Swett

About the Sonatas

In summer of 1923, Eugene Ysaÿe heard his friend Joseph Szigeti perform one of J.S. Bach’s Solo Violin Sonatas. Afterwards, on his way to a sojourn at the beach in Le Zoute, Ysaÿe couldn’t stop thinking about the performance: “When one hears an artist like Szigeti, who is able to accommodate his playing to the rectangular lines of the great classics as easily as he can to the expressive melodies of the romantics, one feels how absorbing it would be to compose a work for the violin whilst keeping ever before one the style of one particular violinist.” On arrival at the resort, Ysaÿe disappeared into his room for a couple of days and emerged with sketches of Six Violin Sonatas (Op. 27), each imagined with the sound and style of a specific artist ringing in his ears.



Sólveig Steinþórsdóttir

Icelandic violinist Sólveig Steinþórsdóttir made her solo debut with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2013, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. She has since been featured as a soloist with various orchestras in Iceland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, performing works by Vivaldi, Bach, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Chausson and Sibelius. Sólveig regularly gives recitals and chamber music concerts in Iceland and across mainland Europe.

She has participated in master classes with Augustin Hadelich, Alexander Markov, Shlomo Mintz, Hagai Shaham among others.

Sólveig started playing the violin at the age of three at the Allegro music school in Reykjavík with Lilja Hjaltadóttir and later studied with Guðný 

Guðmundsdóttir at the Reykjavík College of Music. She completed a bachelor’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts studying with Erika Geldsetzer and a master’s degree at the Zurich University of the Arts with Rudolf Koelman, both with distinction.

She has received grants from the Lyra Foundation Switzerland, the S. Eustachius Foundation Switzerland, the Rotary Foundation of Iceland and the Ingjaldssjóður Scholarship from the University of Iceland.

Sólveig has also taken great interest in early music performance and followed classes on the baroque violin at the Zurich University of the Arts with Monika Baer.

She has palyed as a baroque violinist with the Zürcher Barockorchester, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Barokkbandið Brák and is a founding member of the Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic Chamber Orchestra.


Sólveig plays on a violin made in 2011 by Icelandic luthier Hans Jóhannsson.

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Sólveig Steinþórsdóttir – Violin 
ZHdK Strings in Norðurljós, Harpa
Reykjavík, November 7th 2021 
(arranged by Ísak Ríkharðsson and Cosima Bodien for violin and strings) 
Audio by Páll Sveinn Guðmundsson 
Video by Brian FitzGibbon


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