The Iceland Symphony Orchestra held its first concert in 1950 and has since expanded from a part-time ensemble of 40 players to an internationally renowned orchestra of 85 full-time members. As the resident orchestra at Reykjavík’s Harpa concert hall, it has distinguished itself as one of the leading Nordic orchestras through its many performances and recordings.
It is Iceland’s national orchestra and is funded in large part by the Icelandic nation and the City of Reykjavík. The orchestra gives around 60 concerts each season, including subscription concert with renowned conductors and soloist, family concerts, school concerts, recordings, and local as well as international tours. The orchestra’s season concerts in Harpa concert Hall are even broadcast live on Icelandic national radio.