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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Publisher: Chester Music

With her music’s humbling vastness and depth of colour, this Icelander is a force to be reckoned with… - Andrew Mellor, Gramophone

The thing that impresses me about Anna Thorvaldsdottir's music is that all of it sounds inevitable, it sounds as if it has to exist.
- Steve Smith, Boston Globe

[Thorvaldsdottir] Icelandic composer creates small worlds for the ear to inhabit, rather than musical narratives for an audience to follow. It’s music of meditation, less driven by lines than by individual sonic events. And it’s propelled this 42-year-old to the front ranks of classical music.
- Anne Midgette, Washington Post

...Ms. Thorvaldsdottir's music conjures unseen worlds. In her score, she asks the players to execute particular passages "with calm and ease and a subtle sense of brokenness." The beauty of this instruction mirrors the sounds that it produces, infused with a balance of anxiety and luminescence that feels wholly contemporary.
- William Robin, New York Times

...The composer explores unconventional techniques. The pianist strikes the strings with mallets, the string players bow eccentrically, and there are brief harmonic convergences that leave you breathless. The work beings with an imperceptible rumble, it subsides to a mild roar, and it all seems to shimmer. Thorvaldsdottir has escorted us through an unforgettable journey.
- Allan Ulrich, Financial Times
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2018 Release of AEQUA portrait album with International Contemporary Ensemble
  • 2018 NJORD Biennale, Composer-in-Residence, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2018 METACOSMOS, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, premiered in New York
  • 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award
  • 2018 Composer-in-Residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • 2018 Big Ears Festival, portrait concert, Knoxville
  • 2017 Spitalfields Music Festival, featured composer, London
  • 2016 Phillips Collection Leading International Composers series, portrait concert, DC
  • 2015 Named Kravis Emerging Composer by the New York Philharmonic
  • 2015 Museum of Contemporary Art, portrait concert, Chicago
  • 2015 In the Light of Air released on Sono Luminus label
  • 2014 Release of Aerial on Deutsche Grammophon label
  • 2014 Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, portrait concert, NYC
  • 2014 In the Light of Air premiered in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 2013 Miller Theater Composer Portraits series, portrait concert, NYC
  • 2012 Wins Nordic Council Music Prize for Dreaming
  • 2011 PhD graduation from the University of California, San Diego
  • 2011 Debut album Rhízōma released through Innova Recordings
  • 2011 Aeriality premiered in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 2010 Hrim premiered in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 2010 Dreaming premiered in Reykjavik, Iceland

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