Víkingur Ólafsson

Limelight Recording of the Year 2020

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson’s intriguing coupling of Debussy and Rameau sweeps the board
by Clive Paget

Víkingur Ólafsson has won the Limelight2020 Recording of the Year for his album of music by Debussy and Rameau on Deutsche Grammophon (4837701). This may be only his third recording for the Yellow Label, but the young Icelandic pianist has made repeated waves with his distinctive approach to programming and clarity of technique. “No pianist since the maverick figure of Glenn Gould has stamped his signature on the piano repertoire with such exciting individuality of spirit and intelligence of execution as the young Icelandic virtuoso Víkingur Ólafsson,” wrote Michael Quinn in his