Nominated as the ´Brightest Hope in Classical Music´ at the Icelandic Music Awards 2013, Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson was born in Reykjavík and studied languages at Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík and graduated from the Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in 2010 and was taught by Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir. He subsequently completed with distinction a Postgraduate course and an Opera course at Royal Academy of Music in London. Andri recently completed his studies at the National Opera Studio in London, and gratefully acknowledges Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation who provided him with significant mentoring and financial support.
Andri was recently named as a 2014 HSBC Academy Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Other awards include first prize in the Competition of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Academy of Arts, The Major van Someren-Godfery Prize for English Songs, The Joan Chissell Prize for Schumann Lieder,The Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize, the second prize and audience prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, the first prize, Schubert Lieder Prize and the audience prize in the Mozart Singing Competition in London and most recently an engagement prize from Oper Graz at the Belvedere Singing Competition. Andri also attended the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di bel canto and is a Samling Artist.
Andri’s operatic performances include Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Garsington Opera and at the Bath International Music Festival, Don Villotto in Haydn’s La vera costanza with Royal Academy Opera conducted by Trevor Pinnock, Herr Buff in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor with Royal Academy Opera, Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Royal Academy Opera conducted by Jane Glover and Arthur in Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse with Royal Academy Opera conducted by Lionel Friend.
Concert highlights include a recital with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at The Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts, recitals at the Winchester Festival, Reykjavik Cathedral, Colston Hall, Bristol and at Holywell Music Room, Oxford, Operatic Arias with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem with Paul Spicer and the Brandenburg Sinfonia at St Martin in the Fields, London. Oratorios performed include Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s St John Passion, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
Recent engagements include a concert with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Cadogan Hall in London and Craftsman in Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Barman, Gracchus & Policeman in Francisco Coll’s Café Kafka – a newly commissioned double-bill opera co-produced by Aldeburgh Music, Royal Opera House & Opera North and Bass Baritone in Trauernacht, a staged performance based on J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantata with the Académie européenne de musique of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In September 2014, Andri joined the International Opera Studio in Zürich, Switzerland. His roles there and at the Zürich Opera House included Sprecher and Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Der König in Die Gänsemagd, Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin and Fedja Dawidowitsch Pronin in Fälle by Oscar Strasnoy. He will return to Zürich Opera as a guest next season to sing Sprecher in their revival of Die Zauberflöte and the roles of Priest/Pan/ He in Purcell’s King Arthur.