Biography​ / CV

Icelandic artist Ingi Bjarni, whose full name is Ingi Bjarni Skúlason, is an improvising pianist and composer, crafting enchanting tones and poetic melodies. In short, he creates his own kind of folk music with the freedom of expressiveness and space for both lyrical and free improvisation. 

Ingi Bjarni is praised for his unique sound and innovative approach to improvisation, which is considered rare in the current music landscape. As Jazz Journal (UK) notes, “this intriguingly gifted pianist has for some time now shown an impressive ability to shape his own world, his own poetics.” His compositions feature a strongly narrative style that reflects the individuality of his musical units, enabling him to tell stories through music. In the Spring of 2020, he received five nominations for the Icelandic Music Awards for his quintet recording Tenging, and he was awarded as the most promising Icelandic jazz artist.

Ingi Bjarni attained a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at Den Haag, The Netherlands. From there, he went on to achieve a Master’s degree in composition from the University of Gothenburg, with exchange semesters in Copenhagen and Oslo. Tutors and mentors have included Misha Alperin, Anders Jormin, Helge Lien, Aaron Parks, Eyolf Dale, Eric Gieben, Agnar Már Magnússon, and Helge Sunde; and as a bandleader, Ingi Bjarni has performed at jazz festivals in Bremen (jazzahead), Hamburg (Elbjazz), Lillehammer, Vilnius, Copenhagen, Reykjavík, and the Faroe Islands.

Curriculum vitae

  • Fragile Magic (2024) – piano trio
  • Farfuglar (2023) – quintet
  • Lessons (2021) – solo piano
  • Tenging (2019) – quintet
  • Fundur (2018) – piano trio
  • Skarkali (2015) – piano trio
  • Hope (recorded) – quartet, releasing in 2025
  • Flug (music is ready) – duo
  • Lessons (2021) –  sheet music
  • Innsæi (2018) –  master thesis
  • Residency at Skrova Fyr (September 2022)
  • Residency at Hólar í Hjaltadal (July 2021)
  • In Duo With (2020 – 2021)
  • Daily Improv (April 2021)
  • MCN Jazz Residency (2019)
  • Eyjafjalla Experience (2011 – 2013)
  • Silfurberg (2010)

2023 – 2024:
Additional Diploma in Art Pedagogy from Iceland University of the Arts

2016 – 2018: 
Masters education programme, ‘Nordic Master – The Composing Musician’, from Högskolan för scen och musik, Gothenburg, with two exchange semesters – one in Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium, Copenhagen, and the other in Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo.

Bachelor in Jazz Performance from Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

F.Í.H. School of Music, Reykjavík, Iceland – with one exchange semester in Musikhögskolan Ingesund, Sweden (2010).


Anders Jormin, Mikhail Alperin, Aaron Parks, Helge Lien, Simon Toldam, Nikolaj Hess, Jasper Soffers, Eyolf Dale, Juraj Stanik, Anders Persson, Hanne Boel, Maria Laurette Friis, Eric Gieben, Helge Sunde, Eyþór Gunnarson, Daniel Nolgård, Agnar Már Magnússon, Vignir Þór Stefánsson.

  • Havana Music School (2023)
  • Timani Introductory Course, Oslo (2017)
  • RMC Jazz Summer Camp (2017)
  • Berklee at Umbria Jazz Festival (2009)
  • Menntaskóli í tónlist (High School in Music) – jazz piano and jazz history substitute teaching (Spring 2023 – present)
  • Iceland Academy of Arts – guest teacher in project week (September 2022)
  • F.Í.H. School of Music – jazz piano teacher (2019 – present)
  • Iceland Academy of Arts – Lecture about flow (September 2020)
  • Listaskóli Mosfellsbæjar – jazz piano teacher (2018 – 2022)
  • Tónlistarskóli Kópavogs – jazz piano teacher (2018 – 2019)
  • Private piano students – on and off since 2013
  • Tónlistarskólinn á Akranesi – accompanist (2011)
  • Nomination for Icelandic Music Prize, “Farfuglar” as jazz album of the year (2024)
  • Award for Icelandic Music Prize as the most promising jazz artist (2020)
  • Five nominations for Icelandic Music Awards for Tenging (2019)
  • Ingi Bjarni Trio – nomination for Icelandic Music Awards as jazz performer of the year (2018)
  • Märta, Sten och Stellan Hähnels minnesfond (2017)
  • Nomination for Icelandic Music Prize as the most promising jazz artist (2014)
  • Award for outstanding musicianship at Berklee Summer School in Umbria (2009)
  • Most promising keyboard player at Músíktilraunir (2007)