Kjartan Ólafsson (1958) graduated in 1984 from the Reykjavík College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition. He continued his studies in Utrecht in Holland, at the Institute of Sonology, where he concentrated on electronic music, and later at the Sibelius Academy in Finland where his composition teachers were Einojuhani Rautavaara and Paavo Heininen. Kjartan received his Licentia doctorand (PhD) from the Sibelius Academy in 1995. Research: Since 1988, Kjartan has een developing a composing system based on Artificial Intelligence technique called CALMUS (Calculated Music), which is a computer program especially designed for the composition of contemporary music. Compositions: Among works composed by Kjartan are pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, electronic music, choir and vocal pieces, multimedia works, orchestral works, concertos and music for various theatre productions and short films. His Viola Concerto received the Icelandic Music Award in 2002 as the composition of the year. From 1998 to 2015 Kjartan was chairman of the Society of Icelandic Composers and since 1999 he has been chairman of STEF – (The Performing Rights Society of Iceland). He has been a board member of ISCM (International Society of Comtemporary Music) since 2014 and vicepresident of ECF and a board member of ECSA since 2013. In 2005, he was appointed Professor of Composition and Theory at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. www.erkitonlist.is/kjartan-olafsson/
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