| Duo Landon|
Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir and Martin Frewer
|Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir furthered her violin studies at the Universities of Indiana and Toronto and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Later she took private lessons with the renowned violinist and teacher Gerald Beal in New York.|
graduated from Oxford University in mathematics. While he studied at Oxford
he took violin lessons with Yfrah Neaman. After his degree Martin continued
his violin studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Yfrah
Neaman and learnt the viola with Nannie Jaimeson. |
In 1983 Martin moved to Iceland to play with the Iceland Symphony and has played with them since. Eight years ago he took two and a half years break and worked as Software developer. Now he works both in software and music. He plays with Biber Trio, Sardas Quartet, Seasons Quartet, Skálholt Bach Consort, various orchestras and groups.
is a prize winning violin maker, bow maker, expert restorer and an international
instrument dealer running work-shops in New York, Germany and Korea. Among his
clients are members of the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic
Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
On his visit to Iceland in 2005 Christophe commissioned Hlíf and Hjörleifur Valsson, who also plays Landon Violin, to record the 44 Duos by Béla Bartók for a CD to promote his violins. That disk was released in 2006 and re-released in 2012. Cecelia Porter, Music Critique of the Washington post wrote: "This recording should be at the top of the list for 2006 and beyond". The Duo's second CD, Icelandic Violin Duos received no less critic than the first one.
In 2009 Martin Frewer, who also plays Landon violin, replaced Hjörleifur Valsson in the Duo.