Born in Reykjavík, Iceland in to a very music loving family.
Started to write songs while studying at The Latin-school in Reykjavík.
Music-studies with the famous singing-teacher Steingrímur Johnsen.
Moved to Copenhagen in 1890, 4 years of law-studies at the University.
Member of Copenhagen University Male Choir for 4 years.
When he returned to Iceland he founded the Student male choir of Reykjavík and conducted it for a while.