Jaap Schröder, violinist
Jaap Schröder first came to Iceland in 1993, directing and performing as soloist with The Skálholt Bach Consort as well as lecturing on playing baroque music on period instruments. Every year since then he has participated in the Skálholt Summer Concerts Festival. Jaap Schröder, founder of the Skálholt Quartet is an expert in the violin repertoire of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and one of the pioneers in authentic performance of music from this period. He was the leader of Quartetto Esterhazy and Smithson String Quartet, performing and recording classical quartet repertoire for the first time on period instruments. He has taught in Basel, Switzerland, and at Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution in the US, where he is honorary professor. Jaap Schröder has made countless recordings of early music, both in Europe and America for many record labels. In Iceland he has been soloist and leader on nine CD recordings for the “Smekkleysa” label. In 2006, at the 950th anniversary of Skálholt bishopric, he donated a large part of his music library to Skálholt. In 2001 Jaap Schröder received the Icelandic Falcon badge of honour from the President of Iceland.