Charlotte Hawkins presents Smooth Classics at Seven from 7-9pm on Classic FM.
Join Charlotte every week for a selection of laid back music specially selected to provide a moment of calm and relaxation before thoughts turn to Monday morning. The programme also includes Charlotte’s popular Young Classical Star feature.
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Sunday 5 April
This week, Charlotte’s Young Classical Star is the Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.
While growing up in Reykjavík, Ólafsson’s mother started teaching him piano and he went on to study both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York. He has since performed with some of the leading orchestras in Europe and America, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2016, he signed an exclusive recording contract with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, and his 2018 album featuring the solo piano music of Bach received several awards worldwide. Tonight, Charlotte features music from his third and most recent album released just last week, which features piano music by French composers Debussy and Rameau.