Harpa Concert Hall
Harpa Concert Hall is the first purpose-built concert venue in the city of Reykjavik. Since opening its doors in 2011, it has welcomed over 1.7 million guests. World-class acoustics cater to all genres from classical, opera and jazz to pop and rock music. Many internationally renowned singers, musicians and conductors have performed in this impressive facility. These include Björk, Jamie Cullum and Tony Bennett, to name a few.
The building itself is an architectural marvel in the heart of the city. It is easily recognizable for its colored glass structure and its ability to reflect light. The idea was conceived as part of a rejuvenation project for the East Harbor area of the city where it proudly stands today. The completion of the concert hall was in doubt as the financial crisis hit Iceland, but with government backing, the building was completed and opened to the public in 2011.
Harpa Reykjavik is home to Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Icelandic Opera and Reykjavik Big Band. The orchestra formed in 1950 and has developed into an ensemble of 85 musicians who play around 60 concerts a season. The opera offers a program of 2 to 4 opera and musical performances each season. Reykjavik Big Band is an ensemble of professional jazz musicians. This highly acclaimed group have had the opportunity to work with many renowned artists, conductors and soloists.
Maximus Musicus, the country’s most famous mouse, also lives here and shares his love for music and the concert hall with his young audience. His stories are specially adapted with music from the symphony orchestra.
Versatile conference facilities
As well as a cultural hub, the hall is also a multi-purpose conference facility with three large halls and an additional flexible room catering to intimate performances, shows and banquets. The rooms can host 200 to 1,800 people. Learn more about this architectural delight on a guided tour of the building. Tours are held once a day and take 45 minutes. There are also various dining options and shops to browse.
Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik is a 10-minute walk from the East Harbor and Harpa Concert Hall. Enjoy the hotel’s elegant 1919 Restaurant and Bar before a musical performance or show, or take advantage of access to meeting rooms and additional business facilities when attending an event there.