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Biography


Ólafur Hólm has enjoyed a successful career that spans over two decades in the Icelandic pop and rock genre. At the age of 10, Ólafur began studying the drums and at 16 his professional career took off when he became one of the founding members of Ný Dönsk, one of Iceland’s most popular bands since 1987. At this point in time, five Ný dönsk albums have reached gold record sales.

From early on Ólafur has been a sought after session drummer. Ólafur’s popularity becomes evident in his recordings for many of Iceland’s most renowned artists within the music industry and his drumming can now be heard on over 100 LP albums as well as multiple DVD’s.

Ólafur has been active within the Icelandic theatres alongside his career in the pop industry, playing in productions such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Evita, Rent, Grease and Hair. Furthermore Ólafur has undertaken various projects within the classical percussion scene, mainly playing with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. His most recent project in this arena was partaking in the new version of Les Miserables at The National Theatre of Iceland in 2012.

Ólafur graduated from the Icelandic Musician’s Union school of music in 1992 and has taught drumming and percussion there since 1996. In 2005 he released an instructional book specifically aimed at students at the beginners level.