Andri Björn Róbertsson
Andri Björn Róbertsson bass-baritone was born in Reykjavík 1989. He recently completed the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in London taught by Mark Wildman and Jonathan Papp and will be a part of the prestigious opera course at the RAM for the next two years as well as being a part of the Academy Song Circle and the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series.
He began singing in children’s choir at the age of five and graduated with distinction from The Reykjavik Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts in 2010, where his vocal teacher was Ólöf Kolbrún Harðardóttir. Andri has attended many masterclasses and tutorials, e.g. with Roger Vignoles, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Richard Bonynge, Sir Thomas Allen, Dalton Baldwin, Dennis O’Neill, José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. He attended the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di bel canto in Italy summer 2009 and the Samling Masterclass in Cumbria in 2012.
His operatic repertoire includes i.e. Sarastro in Mozart‘s Die Zauberflöte, most recently for the Bath International Music Festival and Garsington Emerging artists at West Green, and Figaro in Mozart‘s Le Nozze di Figaro. Andri has also
sung in Bach‘s St John Passion and cantatas, Haydn‘s Creation, Puccini‘s Messa di Gloria and Mozart‘s Coronation Mass and Requiem. Andri has won the Competition of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra 2010, the Major van Someren-Godfery Prize 2010 for English Songs, the Joan Chissel Prize 2011 for Schumann Lieder, the Marjorie Thomas Lieder Prize 2011, won the second prize and the audience prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2011, won the second prize in the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award 2012 and sang in the finals of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2011. Next engagements include Messa di Gloria by Puccini with Halesworth Festival Voices and Don Villotto in Haydn‘s La vera costanza with the Royal Academy Opera.