Finnur Karlsson has been making music from an early age. He has also studied the euphonium, singing and electronic music. He performs regularly with many different bands and choirs. The most notable projects that he is involved with are the balkan/jazz/alternative ensemble Orphic Oxtra, which has released two records, and the choirs Staka (DK) and Hljómeyki (IS).
Finnur finished his bachelors degree in composition from The Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2012, where his main teachers were Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson and Atli Ingólfsson. Finnur’s music has been performed by Iceland Amateur Symphony Orchestra, Decoda, Staka, Caput, Nordic Chamber Soloists among other ensembles and choirs. Finnur currently lives in Copenhagen, where he studies composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. His main teachers at the RDAM are Hans Abrahamsen and Niels Rosing-Schow.
Halldór Smárason was born in Iceland in 1989. He completed an Advanced Level Piano Examination in the spring of 2009 concurrently with his college graduation, and holds a B.A.-degree in composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and an M.M.-degree in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied as a Fulbright-grantee. In the fall 2015, Halldór will return to the United States where he will undertake doctorate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Through the years his main teachers include composers Dr. Reiko Füting, Atli Ingólfsson and Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson, and pianist Sigríður Ragnarsdóttir.
Halldór has worked with many renowned artists, including Psappha, TAK, Caput, Oslo Sinfonietta, MSM Symphony, Daniel Lippel, Reykjavík's Trio, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, The Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble NeoN, Marco Fusi and Ensemble ACJW. Halldór has participated at the Ung Nordisk Musik 2013 and 2014, Nordic Cool in 2013, Sonic Festival 3.0 in 2014 and was a composer-in-residence at Við Djúpið 2011 and Podium Festival 2014.
During his first year in the United States, his piece Stara was selected as the winning submission of the Manhattan Prize. In 2014, Halldór's master's thesis was premiered by the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, conducted by David Gilbert.
In New York, Halldór participated in many master classes, took on various arrangement projects and worked frequently with Daniel Lippel, guitarist and a member of the ICE-Ensemble.
Through the years Halldór has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist or as part of various groups. In addition to performances, Halldór has appeared on several recordings of musical CD’s.
Haukur Þór Harðarson Was Born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland and has studied music from early age starting with the trombone. He started the band Orphic Oxtra Which has now released two album and played and recorded with a few other bands. His works have been performed by Ensembles like Caput, Neon, Ensemble Recherche, Neue Vocalsolisten, Orkest de Ereprisj and Asko/Schönberg. He is currently studying Master in composition in Conservatorium van Amsterdam with teachers Richard Ayres and Wim Henderickx as well as having had individual lessons with Brian Ferneyhough, Johannes Schöllhorn, Dmitri Kourliandski and Chaya Czernowin.