Arngeir Hauksson


Arngeir Hauksson started making music playing guitar with a punk rock band. He soon wanted to explore jazz but in Reykjavik, where he's from, one had to learn the classical guitar before being allowed to enrol on the jazz course. The classical guitar grabbed his heart, and he hasn't looked back. Singing madrigals in the college choir and getting his first lute, also led him to the fascinating world of early music.

Since moving to London and finishing his post-graduate training on the guitar and lute at Guildhall School of Music and Drama he has performed with most of the English early music ensembles and opera companies, including ENO, Glyndebourne, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, The Sixteen, Ex Cathedra, the Dufay Collective and, for the last decade he has been a principal player and musical director for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, also performing at the National Theatre, London's West End and on Broadway, New York.

He has a keen interest in new music and has collaborated with artists such as Damon Albarn, Sally Beamish, Tony Allen, Bruce Dickinson and William Lyons.

He is passionate about music teaching and believes that all individuals benefit from studying instruments and learning music. A broad understanding of music helps to develop and strengthen the guitar-students' performance and knowledge of music-notation as well as an understanding of TAB and chord notation helps to develop a well-rounded musician, and not just a guitarist with skills only to play in one style.