Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Icelandic composer, Died at 80

Atli Heimir Sveinsson was born on September 21, 1938 and died on April 2019.

He was an Icelandic composer.

Atli Heimir began taking piano lessons at 10 years old.

Sveinsson was a student of Rögnvaldur Sigurjónsson at the Reykjavík College of Music.

He earned his diploma in 1957.

Sveinsson earned his studies at the State Academy in Cologne, Germany, from 1959.

While he was there, he studied composition with Günter Raphael and Rudolf Petzold.

Expanding his studies, he took instrumentation with Bernd Alois Zimmermann, conducting with Wolfgang von der Nahmer and piano with Hermann Pillney and Hans Otto Schmidt.

Sveinsson also took private lessons with Gottfried Michael Koenig.

Sveinsson took his diploma in composition and theory in 1963, a year in which he also attended summer courses in Darmstadt, making the acquaintance of Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, and Bruno Maderna.

During 1964, he took classes with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, Christoph Caskel, and Frederic Rzewski.

Sveinsson went to the Netherlands n 1965 and studied electronic music with Gottfried Michael Koenig in Bilthoven.

He was president of the Icelandic Composers Association from 1972 to 1983.

During the year 1976, he received the Nordic Council Music Prize for his Flute Concerto.

Since 1992, he has been earning an honorary salary from the Icelandic Parliament.

Heimir became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music during 1993.

Atli’s Symphony Number Two premiered in Reykjavík on June 1, 2006.

Sif Sigurðardóttir was his wife, who died in 2018, and had two sons.

Atli Heimir passed away at 80 years old.