Arrangers Project with JOC in 2016. Photo: Govert Driessen

Eiríkur Rafn Stefánsson is an arranger, composer and a trumpet-player. Deeply rooted in tradition he also tries to seek out modernity in his writing and playing. Having played with many different bands since he started his musical career, Eiríkur dove more into arranging and writing, being inspired by his idols as well as his fellow musicians.

Eiríkur has had opportunities to work for many different projects, such as writing arrangements for the Nederlands Student Jazz Orkest, for Jazz Orkest van het Concertgebouw for their Arrangers Project and The Reykjavík Big Band. In 2016, Eiríkur formed his own band, The New Arrangements Nonet, a collective of his closest friends to play his own compositions and arrangements.

Born in Hafnarfjörður, a small town outside of Reykjavík, Eiríkur began his musical life following his father, a trombone player and a teacher, in and around gigs. That led Eiríkur to start to play the trumpet at the Music School of Hafnarfjörður at the age of 8. Wanting to study jazz music, he later went to FÍH School of Music in Reykjavík where he finished an advanced degree (framhaldspróf) in jazz trumpet-playing along with a diploma in music teaching. In 2015, Eiríkur moved to Amsterdam to study composition and arranging at The Amsterdam Conservatory. He graduated in 2019.

Eiríkur lives currently in Iceland working as a freelance arranger. He also holds teaching positions as a trumpet and a theory teacher at Kópavogur’s School Band and Hafnarfjörður’s School of Music.

A full CV can be found here.