The Icelander guitarist, Kristinn Árnason, graduated from the music school in Reykjavík in 1983. He finished his B.M. Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 1983 under the supervision of Nicolas Goluses. He later studied with Gordon Crosskey in England and José Thomas in Spain. In New York he participated in seminars and master-classes with Hans Werner Henze, Manuel Barrueco and Andrés Segovia.
Kristinn Árnason has given recitals in Iceland, Italy, USA, and the UK - at London's Wigmore Hall. He has made recordings for the Icelandic state radio and television, and played as a soloist with the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra. His first album for the Arsis label, with works by Barrios and Terrega, was nominated for the Icelandic Music Award and an award given by the Icelandic Classic F.M. His second album for this label "Northern Light",
with works by Fernando Sor and Manuel Ponse, was released in 1996. Árnason was also nominated for a cultural prize of one of the Iceland's largest newspapers in 1985 and has received a grand from the Icelandic government.