Skark Quartett: How to Do Thing with Music
Import Projects, Berlin, 7-8 February, 2014
Bjarni Frímann Bjarnson - violin, Viktor Orri Árnason - violin, Gudny Gudmundsdottir - viola, Julia Mogensen - cello (Curated with Anja Henckel)

Skark Quartett is a collective of string instrumentalists and composers from Iceland. Working together since 2008, the ensemble explores the borders of music, art and science. Throughout their experimental performances the nature of the audience experience and conditions of attendence are emphasized.

The ensemble has received numerous acknowledgements for their concerts, among others ‘Best concert of the year’ in Icelandic media. They have also collaborated with various artists and curators such as Studio Olafur Eliasson, Nils Bech, Anna Gudmundsdottir and Carson Chan.. Bjarni Frimann Bjarnason (1989) is a conductor, pianist, violinist, violist and a composer. He has performed as soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Bjarnason has won competitions in Iceland for viola playing and in Germany as pianist. He's been active in the professional music scene since he was 13 and since 2010 been studying conducting at the Hanns Eisler University in Berlin.

Viktor Orri Arnason (1987) is a composer, violinist and a conductor. At the age of 13 he won the Battle of the Bands in Iceland with his band Budrygindi being the youngest band ever to win the title. Since 2009 his band Hjaltalín has become one of the most popular band in Iceland. Hjaltalín received 8 nominees for the Icelandic Music Prize this year and has won many Awards in the past years. His passion lying within classical music, Arnason is now finishing his studies as a composer form the Hanns Eisler University.

Gudny Gudmundsdottir (1981) is a violinist, violist and a musicologist. She is the artistic director of The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival which she founded in 2008. The festival has become the largest platform for classical music in Iceland and received a nomination for the Icelandic Music Prize this year. She has worked with various artist in experimental projects.

Julia Mogensen (1985) is a cellist. She workes with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and studied cello in the Guilhall School of Music and Drama as well as in Berlin. She has won competitions in Iceland as Cellist and performed as soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Mogensen is a member of The Kúbus Quartet which have received a grate amount of attention for their brilliant performances of Olivier Messians music.