Áskell Másson (b.1953) is amongst Iceland’s leading composers. He commenced his musical studies on the clarinet in 1961 and later studied percussion at the Reykjavik College of Music and privately in London with James Blades. From 1973-75 he worked as a composer and percussionist of the Ballet of the National Theatre in Iceland and in 1978-83 he was a producer at the Music Dept. of the Iceland State Radio, after which he has devoted his time exclusively to composition. He was Secretary General of the Society of Icelandic Composers 1983-85, and President of the Performing Rights Society (STEF) from 1989-99.