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Dario Marianelli, Vikingur Olafsson: Bio

An Italian composer of film and concert music, Dario Marianelli is perhaps best known for his collaborations with movie director Joe Wright, which include Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012). All three of those scores were nominated for Academy Awards, with Atonement taking home the statue in 2008.

A native of Pisa, Marianelli started studying piano and singing as a chorister at the age of six. When his voice broke, he devoted himself to playing piano and composing. He studied privately while taking exams as an external student in nearby Florence, Lucca, and Livorno before moving to England. There, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then spent three additional years at the National Film and Television School. His film career dates back to 1994 with his score for Paddy Breathnach's Ailsa.

Over the next decade, Marianelli composed music for such films as the action-comedy I Went Down (1997), director Julian Temple's Pandaemonium (2000), David Thewlis' Cheeky (2003), and Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm (2005). Also released in 2005, Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, marked his first score for director Joe Wright. Among other accolades, including nominations from the European Film Awards and International Film Music Critics Association, it was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Score.

V for Vendetta [Soundtrack]Marianelli's music could be heard in films such as V for Vendetta (2006) and The Brave One (2007) before he reunited with Wright for Atonement, which received a staggered worldwide release in the second half of 2007 and early 2008. Marianelli won an Academy Award for the film in February 2008. The two collaborated again on 2009's The Soloist, after which Marianelli provided music for films such as Eat Pray Love (2010), Lasse Hallström's Salmon Fishing in Yemen (2011), and the 2011 version of Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska. In 2013, he earned his third Oscar nomination for the Wright-directed Anna Karenina (2012).

Boxtrolls [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Scores to follow included the animated film The Boxtrolls (2014), the biographical adventure Everest (2015), and his fifth film with Joe Wright, 2017's Darkest Hour, about Winston Churchill. Marianelli then stepped in for Paddington's Nick Urata for Paddington 2, which saw a U.S. release in January 2018.

 

Possessing a rare combination of passionate musicality, explosive virtuosity and intellectual curiosity, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has been heralded "Iceland's Glenn Gould" by the New York Times (Anthony Tommasini, August 2017). Before lighting up the international scene in 2016, Víkingur won all the major prizes in his native country, including the Order of the Falcon, four Musician of the Year prizes at the Icelandic Music Awards, and the Icelandic Optimism Prize.

In 2016 Víkingur signed as an exclusive recording artist to Deutsche Grammophon, with his debut album of Philip Glass's Etudes in January 2017 a global critical and public success: "breathtakingly brilliant pianist" (Gramophone). Prior to this he founded his own record label, Dirrindí, releasing three albums. Víkingur's anticipated next recording for Deutsche Grammophon – featuring the piano works of Bach – will be released in 2018.

A true artist of the 21st century, Víkingur is lauded for his ability to approach music from a fresh and original angle, whether through interpretation – ("Like Gould, Ólafsson possesses that rare gift of illuminating a familiar work in unexpected ways, revealing hidden depths and drawing out its best qualities"- Gramophone); original programming ("few musicians match Ólafsson for creative flair – BBC Music Magazine) or curating: Víkingur is currently Artistic Director of three festivals: Vinterfest in Sweden; the award winning Reykjavík Midsummer Music (of which he is also the founder); and the Icelandic Weekend at Liepaja Great Amber Hall in Latvia.

At home in new music, Víkingur has premiered five piano concertos to date and worked with composers including Philip Glass, Mark Simpson and Daníel Bjarnason. In 2016-17, Víkingur premiered Haukur Tómasson's new piano concerto with NDR Elbphilhamonie Orchester and Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Víkingur's 2017/18 season includes performances with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Pablo Heras-Casado), Konzerthausorchester Berlin (Michael Sanderling), NHK Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy), the Ulster Orchestra (Rafael Payare) and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Kristjan Järvi). He tours with Daníel Bjarnason and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as well as the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, while in recital he makes his debut at Rheingau Musik Festival, MITO SettembreMusica in Milan, Kölner Philharmonie and the International Piano Series in London. He also opens the new season of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and returns to Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Away from the concert stage, Víkingur is the driving force behind numerous innovative musical projects. He convinced the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to commission the classical music television series, Útúrdúr (Out-of-tune), which he presented and which was broadcast to unanimous critical and public acclaim.

Víkingur grew up in Iceland where he studied with Erla Stefánsdóttir and Peter Máté. He studied further with Ann Schein and holds Bachelor and Master degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald.

Dario Marianelli, Vikingur Olafsson

Darkest Hour - Soundtrack

Deutsche Grammophon

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1 Prelude  
2 Where Is Winston  
3 Full English  
4 A Telegram From The Palace  
5 One Of Them  
6 Winston And George  
7 First Speech To The Common  
8 The War Rooms  
9 From The Air  
10 I Wouldn't Trust Him With My Bicycles  
11 Radio Broadcast  
12 History Is Listening  
13 An Ultimatum  
14 Dynamo  
15 We Must Prepare For Imminent Invasion  
16 The Words Won't Come  
17 Just Before The Dawn  
18 District Line, East, One Stop.  
19 We Shall Fight  

Set in the early days of World War II, Joe Wright's new film Darkest Hour finds the fate of Western Europe hanging on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or stand firm and fight against incredible odds for the ideals and freedom of a nation. The Darkest Hour soundtrack features music by Dario Marianelli (AtonementPride & Prejudice), performed by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.

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