Ogmundur “Thor” Johannesson, from Iceland
Ebb and Flow’s 20th anniversary will feature a special free show Saturday, with Icelandic guitarist, Ogmundur “Thor” Johannesson in a solo recital. There will be a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 and show at 7:30.
Ogmundur Thor Johannesson was born in 1980 in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. He started learning classical guitar when he was 10. From 2000 to 2002, he studied classical guitar in Barcelona under the tutelage of Amaesson Amadou, Ricardo Jesus Gallen and Alex Garob Sadalo. In June 2008, Ogmundur graduated from Salzburg Mozarteum University of Music under the instruction of Marco Diaz Tamayo.
Ogmundur has won a number of honors and awards, including the 1st place in the 7th Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition held in Linares, Spain, the 2nd prize in the 2nd Agustin Barrios International Guitar Competition held in Lambesc, France, as well as prizes in Tokyo and Bangkok international guitar competitions. He performed at various music festivals and concerts including Nordic Music Days in Reykjavik as well as concerts and in Brazil, USA, Israel, India, Britain, Austria, Russia, etc. He received excellent critics for the Tíbrá Concert Series in Iceland in 2005 and 2008 from the Icelandic Morning Newspaper: “…Ögmundur is an astonishing guitarist”, “…technical security… emotional depth… convincing… with fire… guitarist of great expectation…” Ogmundur currently resides in Berlin.
Ogmundur is on a concert tour around China, which has taken him to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Beijing. The works played on Ocean without Paths – Icelandic music for guitar are inspired by the volcanoes, hot springs, glaciers and awe inspiring nature of Iceland and represent the unique charm of the Icelandic people and their country. The program has been recorded and presented worldwide.