In conversation with Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson

Visionary and pioneering Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has been described as everything from 'daring and unique' to 'Iceland's Glenn Gould'. We were lucky enough to have the hugely talented muscian join us as part of our International Piano Series in Autumn 2017.

In conversation: Víkingur Ólafsson

Ahead of his performance at Southbank Centre, Olafsson sat down with us for a pre-concert talk in which he discussed how he prepares for performances, of playing Bach and Chopin, and his own rare condition known as synesthesia, which means he associates colours with pitch.

I have this thing from when I was five or six years old… I have perfect pitch or absolute hearing, so when I would think about F minor that would be blue for me, A major would be yellow, B major is purple
Víkingur Ólafsson

Hear more from great pianists in 2018 with our International Piano Series, which runs until June.

International Piano Series