Talented keyboard player
Kári Egilsson, a 16-year-old Icelandic keyboard player, received a scholarship two summers in a row to attend the Berklee Summer Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Kári is equally at ease playing jazz, classical music and pop music, besides enjoying composing every day. He was interviewed by Morgunblaðið. “People from all over the world attend this program, and there were about a thousand young people from 80 countries. Most of us were 16-20 years old,” he relates.
He is grateful for the experience. Five weeks were spent there each time, and Kári describes the faculty as superb. Both summers, he was chosen to be in a group of the best jazz piano players, and at the end of the session, he played in a trio. He was also in the so-called All-Star Band, where he played fusion music, a combination of rock and jazz.
Kári just began his studies at a high school program, which is a cooperation of the FÍH music school and the Reykjavík College of Music. He says he’ll likely pursue a career in music.