Duo Atlantica, composed of Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir and Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Javier Jáuregui, is known for its exceptionally strong connection with the audience, original repertoire, engaging performances, delicate sound, convincing storytelling and interesting introductions, which bring the audience deep into the world of the songs performed. Although their main emphasis, since their first concert in 2002, has been on Icelandic and Spanish repertoire, often rooted in folk music, they have also delved into music from other parts of the world, frequently performed in Javier’s own original arrangements or transcriptions from other sources for voice and guitar.
Duo Atlantica has performed extensively across Europe in festivals and venues such as The Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, St James’s Palace, Hopetoun House in Scotland, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Harpa Auditorium and the Icelandic National Opera in Iceland, the Palau de la Música de Valencia, Clásicos en Verano in Madrid, the Auditorio Príncipe Felipe in Oviedo and the Glinka Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society in Russia.
Their interest in new music has led them to collaborate with composers such Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Hugi Gudmundsson, Karl Niklas Gustavsson, Marisa Manchado-Torres, Thóra Marteinsdóttir, Polina Medyulyanova, Alfonso Molina, Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, Haukur Tómasson, Eduardo Morales-Caso and David del Puerto.
The duo has recorded three albums: Mine is Yours – Icelandic and Spanish songs (12 Tonar, 2008), English and Scottish Romantic Songs for voice and guitar (EMEC Discos, 2013) and Secretos Quiero Descubrir (Abu Records, 2014) which also features violinist Elena Jáuregui. Mine is Yours and Secretos Quiero Descubrir include a number of Jáuregui’s own arrangements and compositions.
Photo by Francisco Javier Jáuregui
The Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir has performed in concert and opera across Europe and in Latin America at venues such as Madrid’s Teatro Real, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia’s Glinka Hall, the Buenos Aires Coliseo and the Royal Festival Hall in London. She has won numerous international prizes for her singing and offered world premières of new works by composers of different nationalities, who have composed their works especially for her. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has sung as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Sonor Ensemble, La Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the St. Petersburg State Symphony. Her CDs include Grieg-Schumann, Mine is Yours – Icelandic and Spanish Songs, John Tavener Iepo Oneipo (Gramophone Editor’s Choice), English and Scottish Romantic Songs for Voice and Guitar (EMEC Discos), Áskell Másson (Naxos) and Secretos quiero descubrir – Spanish Music for Voice, Violin and Guitar (ABU Records).
Born in Oxford, Francisco Javier Jáuregui studied classical guitar in Los Angeles, California, in Madrid, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Francisco Javier has played many recitals both as a solo performer and with different chamber combinations across Europe in venues such as the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Society Chamber (Glinka) Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), and the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid. Francisco Javier works regularly with Icelandic mezzo-soprano Gudrún Ólafsdóttir and since 1997 he has performed with violinist Elena Jáuregui as the Roncesvalles Duo. He has collaborated with a number of composers such as Þorkell Sigurbjornsson, Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Haukur Tómasson, Hugi Gudmundsson, Eduardo Morales-Caso, David del Puerto and Polina Medyulyanova. He has also written a number of arrangements and original compositions for various chamber groups including Sonor Ensemble. At present he teaches classical guitar and coordinates the music department at St. Louis University, Madrid Campus.
Photo by Cristina Molino