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The festival

Nordic Music Days 2022

We are excited to welcome you to Nordic Music Days 2022 in Iceland! The festival takes place in the capital Reykjavík and the municipality of Kópavogur. Next to many concerts at various venues and in public spaces the rich festival program offers an exhibition of innovative instruments, a conference on global impact in the arts, concerts for school children and a workshop for young music journalists. Please join in and share our passion for international community building!

Festival Theme: Impact

With its theme Impact Nordic Music Days 2022 reflects upon music and art in a social, political and ecological context of the modern world. How can we make a difference? How can music and art make a difference? How does the world influence us?

The festival program raises those questions in various ways and invites everyone to participate. Keep your eyes open for our Impact Box and share your thoughts on a piece of paper on the go!



​​The Nordic Music Days have been organized since 1888 as one of the oldest festivals for contemporary classical music in the world. The festival is unique in the sense that it is organized by the composers themselves.

Each year the national societies of composers organize the festival in turn on behalf of the Council of Nordic Composers. This years’ festival is organized by the Icelandic Composers’ Society.

The Festival Team

The festival is organized by Tónskáldafélag Íslands.

Artistic director
Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

Pétur Oddbergur Heimisson

Production manager
Matthias Engler

Producer MIDI organ concert
Jesper Pedersen


Guest curators
Ríkharður H. Friðriksson, electronic music concert
Halldór Eldjárn, innovative instruments exhibition

Selection committee
Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir
Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir
Þráinn Hjálmarsson

Artistic advisors
Elísabet Indra Ragnarsdóttir
Þráinn Hjálmarsson
Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir

Malene Henssel (design)
Thomas Foss Christensen (programming)

Supporters and Partners

In collaboration with
Iceland University of the Arts
Intelligent Instruments Lab
The Nordic House Reykjavík
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Reykjavík Music College (MíT)
Council of Nordic Composers
Reykjavík Music City 
ÚTÓN / Iceland Music 
Iceland Music Information Centre
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MeKó/ Culture in Kópavogur
The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands
Felagið Føroysk Tónaskøld
Icelandic Composers' Society
The Society of Finnish Composers
Danish Composers' Society 
Swedish Society of Composers
Creative Scotland

Supported by
Nordic Culture Fund
Nordic Culture Point
Clara Lehman Foundation
Reykjavik Excursions