HJÖRTUR PÁLL EGGERTSSON
The Icelandic cellist Hjörtur Páll Eggertsson was five years old when he started playing the cello. His first teacher was Örnólfur Kristjánsson, but soon he would continue his studies at the Reykjavík College of Music with Sigurgeir Agnarsson and Gunnar Kvaran. Hjörtur has actively participated in festivals in Europe and the United States, including Astona International Summer Academy, Cello Akademie Rutesheim, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Harpa International Music Academy, as well as having played in masterclasses given by Laszlo Fenyo, Chu Yi-Bing and Marko Ylonen. He is also an active player of chamber music, having won the first prize of the Icelandic Music School Competition, "Nótan", with his string quartet in 2014, as well as having participated in masterclasses given by Sibbi Bernhardsson and Eugene Drucker. He has participated and played concerts with the Icelandic Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orkester Norden and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and is also a member of the newly established chamber orchestra Elja. In March 2017 he played as a soloist in Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto with the Reykjavik College of Music Orchestra. Hjörtur is currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen under the guidance of Morten Zeuthen. He plays a cello made for him in 2016 by the Icelandic luthier Hans Jóhannsson.