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Árni Heimir Ingólfsson

Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is a musicologist and lecturer. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, he has published widely on music history both in Icelandic and English. His monograph Jón Leifs and the Musical Invention of Iceland was published by Indiana University Press in 2019 and was listed as one of that year’s best books on music by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.

Praised as "a terrific lecturer" by American Record Guide, Ingólfsson has given lectures and pre-concert talks throughout the world, including at conferences in Europe, Asia, and the United States. 

Ingólfsson’s latest book, Music at Worlds End (English edition forthcoming 2025) is a study of the Jewish musicians who fled Germany and Austria to Iceland in the 1930s, and their significant and lasting contribution to the music scene there.


Works in progress are a biography of Jórunn Viðar, Iceland’s first woman composer, and a study of the first generation of Icelandic modernist composers. Projects in autumn 2024 include lectures in Chicago (AMS), London (RMA), and Leeds, as well as research residencies at Copenhagen University and Tokyo University of the Arts.

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