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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Bio

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer who frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere.

Anna's music is frequently performed in Europe and the US, and has been featured at several major venues and music festivals such as Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC, the Composer Portraits Series at NYC's Miller Theatre, ISCM World Music Days, Nordic Music Days, Ultima Festival, Klangspuren Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Tectonics, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Her works have been nominated and awarded on many occasions, e.g. at the Icelandic Music Awards and the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. Anna is the recipient of the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize 2012 for her work Dreaming.

Some of the orchestras and ensembles that Anna has worked with include International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), BIT20, Musiques Nouvelles, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the CAPUT Ensemble, and Either/Or Ensemble.

Anna holds a PhD from the University of California in San Diego.

Anna's debut portrait album - Rhízōma - was released in October 2011 through Innova Recordings. The album features three larger pieces for orchestra and chamber orchestra, including Dreaming, and five shorter movements from a solo percussed piano work. Rhízōma was very well received and in addition to being selected Classical/Contemporary Album of the Year at the Icelandic Music Awards 2012, the album also appeared on a number of "Best of 2011" lists, e.g. at TimeOut New York and TimeOut Chicago. Anna has a new portrait album coming out in November 2014, released by Deutsche Grammophon.

When not engaged in music-related activities, Anna may be found doing yoga or walking in nature, seeking inspiration for music and life. Anna is married to Hrafn Ásgeirsson, PhD in philosophy, avant-garde saxophone player and recreational photographer.

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4 Tactility III, I, II
5 Trajectories
6 Shades of Silence
Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland Symphony Orchestra & Ilan Volkov) - Aeriality
Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Inside the Mind of the Composer

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer who frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to reveal the presence of a vast variety of sustained sound materials, reflecting her sense of imaginative listening to landscapes and nature. Her music tends to portray a flowing world of sounds with an enigmatic lyrical atmosphere. Thorvaldsdottir new Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics recording - Aerial includes six expansive new works with ensembles of varying sizes and is the follow up to her noteworthy debut portrait album, 2011's Rhízōma, which ended up on numerous year end lists.

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Crossover Media Projects with: Anna Thorvaldsdottir