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Duo Harpverk


Iceland’s Duo Harpverk was formed by harpist Katie Buckley and percussionist Frank Aarnink with the aim to commission and perform music for harp and percussion, focusing especially on the work of young composers. To date, they have commissioned more than 40 pieces from composers in Iceland, Denmark, England, Australia, and the United States. The group performs regularly at festivals in Iceland and abroad. In 2009, Katie and Frank gave harp and percussion master classes on the Listaháskóli Íslands, which resulted in five new compositions that were performed at the Dark Music Days Festival in 2010. The Duo has also created a minimalistic improvisation for Swedish artist Ellen Malmgard, which was played alongside her exhibit Glasdialogen in 2010, and they are featured on Daníel Bjarnason's acclaimed album Processions performing his piece “Skelj.” This program is comprised of world premiere works by Icelandic composers.

Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Presenting Underwriter
HRH Foundation

Festival Co-Chairs
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher

Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, David M. Rubenstein, the State Plaza Hotel, and the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
Duo Harpverk