Interview with Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

Interview with Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson

by Yulia Berry

It was not easy to find time in the busy schedule of Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but finally we met for a conversation and I was able to ask some questions that have been burning me.

Yulia: Dear Stefán, thank you for finding time for this interview to answer some questions for our readers at The Babel Flute magazine.

Before we start I would like to say Happy Birthday to you from all of us and wish you the very best and happiest things in life! What a wonderful coincidence that your birthday and the first edition of The Babel Flute happen to be on the same day – June 20th!

Stefán: Thank you very much!

Yulia: During the pandemic you played Mozart Quartet for flute and strings, K.285 in the online episode of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It literally took my breath away! I remember that I had to stop doing everything I did at the moment, sat down and couldn’t move or breathe. It was striking. I have never heard such perfect Mozart from a flutist before. In my opinion, Mozart is one of the hardest composers to perform and I want to thank you for the incredible experience you gave me. I felt being transformed in my heart, where something magical happened at that moment.

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