Young Icelandic jazz pianist awarded in New York
Sixteen-year-old Kári Egilsson received the ASCAP Foundation Desmond Child Anthem Award at the Lincoln Centre on Wednesday night in New York.
Kári Egilsson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland and has been studying piano since the age of seven. He attends Menton High School where he studies both classical and jazz piano playing as well as music theory. He writes music in different styles -- jazz, classical and pop/rock and has won two awards from The Upbeat, a songwriting program for children and youth held annually at the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík.
The Desmond Child Anthem Award was established by Desmond Child and is presented to a promising songwriter.
Egilsson is the son of famous journalist and tv host Egill Helgason.