|KRISTINA KALLÓ SZKLENÁR
Krisztina Kalló Szklenár organist and conductor of the Choir Harmóníukórinn was born on February 9, 1965 in Györ, Hungary.
She graduated with a master's degree from the Franz Liszt Academy
of Music in Budapest in 1989 and received a teaching position at the Györ Teacher University that same year. In 1990 Krisztina was hired as Headmaster of the School of Music in Holmavík, and also
as organist at the church where she worked for the next 3 years.
She then returned to teaching at the Teacher University in Györ
and in 1995 she received Adjunct position at the School of Music.
In 1997 Krisztina was offered a position in Vík í Mýrdal and she
and her family moved back to Iceland.In 2002, Krisztina
completed an Kantor degree and was assigned to the Church in Árbær Reykjavík. There she works as organist and choir and music director of the church. Krisztina has been the conductor of the
Choir Harmóníukórinn since 2011. She has also conducted numerous other choirs.
The Choir Harmóníukórinn was founded in 1991 by Landsvirkjun's employees and was then named the Landsvirkjun Choir. In 2013
these connections were severed and the choir was renamed the Harmóníukórinn. The first choir conductor was Páll Helgason
(1991-2005), while other directors are Keith Reed (2005-2009),
Julian Isaacs (2010) and Krisztina K. Szklenár has been the choir director since 2011. In the latter years the choir has had facilities
for rehearsals and concert in the church in Árbær.The Choir is a mixed choir with about 45 members. Choosing a variety of
Icelandic music is important, but the choir also often sings the religious works of old masters such as Hadn, Bach and Mozart.
Major works performed by the choir are Carmina Burana, Ceutche Mewwe D872 (Schubert), Mass of the Children (Rutter), Messe bréve (Gounod), Missa brevis (Haydn), Requiem (Mozart) and The Magic Flute (Mozart). This spring the choir will go to Hungary and perform, among others, the baroque works Credo RV-591 by Antonio Vivaldi and Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo by Joseph Haydn with the accompaniment of the Hungarian baroque band Capella Savaria, which is known around the world for its performance of baroque music.