Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor laureate of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, visited the building site of the Icelandic National Concert and Conference Center accompanied by his son, pianist Vovka Stefan. This is the third time Ashkenazy has visited the site, and he was pleased with the progress.
“The Icelandic people are very determined and I am stunned and grateful that this building is to be completed, in spite of the terrible troubles that the nation now finds itself in. I did not dare expect it, but I am very pleased indeed that the Center will become a reality”, said Ashkenazy. He added that he hoped to conduct the first concert of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in the Center. Ashkenazy is a special adviser on artistic direction to the now publicly owned Portus Group. He has fought hard for many decades for the construction of a National Music Center, which is now rising over Reykjavik harbour. For instance, he conducted a renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra concert in the eighties, attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana, in support of the cause.
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