About Jónas

Jónas Sen has an MA degree in Music Performance Studies from the City University in London. He also has an MA degree in Arts Managements from the University of Bifröst. He was additionally educated in Reykjavík and Paris where he studied with the pianist Monique Deschaussées.

At present Jónas works as a composer, pianist, music arranger, critic and music teacher. He was the keyboard player in Björk’s band on her world tours in 2007 and 2008. More recently he has been a guest performer in several of Björk’s Biophilia shows. Björk and Jónas arranged all the Biophilia songs for keyboard instruments, which was released on the iPad and iPhone versions of Biophilia.

Björk and Jónas have also made a number of transcriptions and arrangements of Björk’s other songs that were published on June 5 as sheet music.

Jónas has composed music for some of Gabríela Friðriksdóttir’s videos. He has also co-created music for dance productions, notably Kris Verdonck’s H, an Incident, which toured around Europe to great success.

Jónas worked with acclaimed dancer and choreographer Sigríður Soffía Níelsdóttir on a dance work, Fubar, which was premiered on October 26, 2016 and subsequently toured around Iceland.

Jónas has created and hosted many TV programs about music in Iceland. These include 12 episodes featuring Icelandic instrumentalists (Tíu fingur), broadcast in 2006 and eight episodes featuring Icelandic singers (Átta raddir), which were broadcast in 2011. His TV program Tónspor featured composers and choreographers and was a joint venture of The Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Icelandic Broadcasting Corporation.

Jónas recently created and hosted a TV program about the musical culture of school children in Iceland. Six composers were chosen to write songs that children of various ages in as many schools were asked to arrange and perform.

Jónas’ biography of noted Icelandic pianist and mystic Halldór Haraldsson was published last autumn.

Jónas has set several mystical poems by St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux to music. The songs are performed regularly during mass by the Carmelite nuns in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland.

Jónas will play his own music on January 25 in Winnipeg, and on January 28 he will appear in a concert with composer Philip Glass and pianists Vicky Chow, Jenny Lin and Madeline Hildebrand in Winnipeg on January 28, performing Glass’ complete Etudes.


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