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Anna Thorvaldsdottir


Deutsche Grammophon

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland Symphony Orchestra & Ilan Volkov) - Aeriality
Anna Thorvaldsdottir - Inside the Mind of the Composer
Iceland Symphony Orchestra - Composer-in-Residence
1 into - Second Self
2 Ro
3 Aeriality
4 Tactility III, I, II
5 Trajectories
6 Shades of Silence
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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.

Next month, she will return with a new album of original recordings, Aerial, which will see its release via new label home Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music Classics on November 11th. It includes six expansive new works with ensembles of varying sizes and is the follow up to her noteworthy debut portrait album, 2011's Rhízoma, which ended up on numerous year end lists.

Anna's music is frequently performed in Europe and internationally, and has been featured at several major venues and music festivals such as Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival with the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Composer Portraits Series at NYC's Miller Theatre, ISCM World Music Days, Nordic Music Days, Ultima Oslo 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, including the Icelandic Music Awards and the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. Anna is also the recipient of the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize 2012 for her work, Dreaming.

Among the orchestras and ensembles that Anna has worked with are the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, BIT20, Musiques Nouvelles, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, the CAPUT Ensemble and Either/Or Ensemble. Anna holds a PhD in music composition from the University of California in San Diego.


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