Tómasson, Jónas, Icelandic composer, teacher, and conductor; b. ísafjördur, Nov. 21, 1946. He studied with J. Thorárinsson (theory) and T. Sigurbjörnsson (counterpoint and composition) at the Reykjavík Coll. of Music (graduated, 1967), and with Ton de Leeuw and Jos Kunst (composition) and Leon Ortel (orchestration) in Amsterdam (1969-72). He was active in ísafjördur as a composer, teacher, and conductor.
orch: 2 syms. (1969, 1973); 1.41 (1970); Leikleikur (1972); Ellefu Hugleidingar um Landnám (1974); Violin Concerto (1974); Orgia (1975); Notturno IV (1982); Skerpla II (1983); Midi for 2 Pianos and Orch. (1985); Í Raudum Gördum (1991); Piano Concerto, Kraköw (1998). OTHER: 22 sonatas for various instruments; piano pieces; organ music; vocal music, including 4 cantatas (1972, 1973, 1979, 1981), a Missa Brevis (1975), choruses, and songs.
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