Dr. Róbert Abraham Ottósson conductor and musicologist, was born in Germany but settled in Iceland in 1935. He received his doctorate in 1959 for his work on the 14th c. Office of St. Thorlak. He became Director of Music of the Icelandic church in 1961 and was appointed Associate Professor in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Iceland in 1966. Dr. Ottósson was the conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at its first concert in 1950 and remained among its regular conductors. He was also well known as a choir conductor and arranged many Icelandic folk songs and hymns for choir.

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