Select Page

Þórunn Gréta Sigurðardóttir
Curriculum Vitae

Born in East Iceland 1981.

Education

2014 Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg: M.Mus. in Composition.

2011 Iceland Academy of the Arts: B.A. in Composition.

2008 Reykjavík College of Music: Pre Diploma in Composition and Theory.

2001-2008 Reykjavík College of Music: Studied Piano Performance, Composition and Theory.

2001 Graduated Junior College Egilsstaðir, East Iceland.

1997-1998 Private Lessons in Piano Performance in Hamburg.

1987-2001 Music Schools in East Iceland: Basic Musical Education in Piano and Theory.

Workshops

2015-2017: Yrkja: A Carrier Development Programme for young composers organised by the Icelandic Music Information Center in collaboration with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, with a premiere of an orchestra work written during the workshop as an end result. Workshop leader was Daníel Bjarnason, conductor and composer.

2013: Kagelstaat: Workshop on Staatstheater by Mauricio Kagel at Cinnober Theater í Gothenburg, Sweeden.

2012: Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany. Masterclasses with Brian Ferneyhough, Georges Aperghis, Germán Toro-Perez, Hildegaard Westerkamp and more.

Several Workshops and Masterclasses in Piano Performance and Imporvisation with Tibor Szász, Volkhardt Preuß, Anto Pett, Gabriele Stenger-Stein, Edda Erlendsdóttir, Daníel Þorsteinsson, Halldór Haraldsson, Peter Máté and more.

Experience

2017 Project Manager of Dark Music Days festival.

2016 Chairman of the board of directors for Nordic Music Days in Harpa Concert Hall, Iceland.

2016 Artistic Director of Dark Music Days festival.

2015- Board member of STEF.

2015- Chairman of the Icelandic Composers’ Society.

2015 Workshop leader for Contemporary Music at The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival.

2014- Freelance Composer/Musician based in Iceland.

2014 Workshop leader for Contemporary Music at The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival.

2014 Workshop leader for Music Theatre at Composer Farm East Iceland.

2013-2015 Co-Curator of Peripheriberry Concert Series at Reykjavík Art Museum. 

2001-2011 Piano Teacher in Reykjavík.

2010 Accompanist in the Drama department of Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Selected Concerts

Hrekkur for Orchestra, written for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra as a part of the Carrier Development Programme Yrkja, organised by the Icelandic Music Information Centre and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Premiered at Dark Music Days festival at Harpa Concert Hall 27 January 2017.

KOK for Bass, Violin and Harp, written for Kristinn Sigmundsson, Laufey Sigurðardóttir and Elísabet Waage, commissioned by Reykjavík Art Festival. Based on the poetry book KOK by Kristín Eiríksdóttir. Premiered at Reykjavík Art Festival at Harpa Concert Hall 31 May 2015.

Orðin Music Theatre for Voice, Viola and Electronics, written for Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir in 2014/2015. Based on the poetry book Öll fallegu orðin by Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir. Premiered on Dark Music Days (Festival for Contemporary Music held annually in Reykjavík Iceland) 30 January 2015.

Ein und for Viola d’amore and Audio Tape, written for Marco Fusi in 2014. Premiered on Sonic 3.0 (Festival for Electronic Music held annually in Copenhagen), 10 September 2014.

Ár á a streng for String Orchestra, comissioned by Skark Ensemble in 2013. Premiered on Dark Music Days, 30 January 2014.

Elsa alvitra/Clever Else Music Theatre for a soprano, a tenor, flute, clarinet, piano and percussion, premiered on the opening Concert of the Peripheriberry concert series at Reykjavik Art Museum, 24 September 2013.

Flightened for soprano, string quintet and percussion, written for Caput Ensemble in 2012. Premiered by Steinunn Soffía Skjenstad, soprano, and Caput Ensemble, 5 January 2013. Same Piece performed by Elisabeth Holmertz, soprano, and Cikada Ensamble at Ung Nordisk Musik Festival in Oslo, August 2013.

Ber for Harp and percussion, comissioned by Duo Harpverk in 2009. Premiered on Dark Music Days, a Contemporary Music Festival in Reykjavík, 25 January 2010. Same Piece performed at Ung Nordisk Musik Festival in Copenhagen, August 2011.

Installations

A Slight Troll. Sound Design on the Video Piece Kvik myndasýning by Karna Sigurðardóttir and Sebastian Ziegler, premiered in East Iceland, 27 August 2010.

Ber. With Karna Sigurðardóttir and Sebastian Ziegler, premiered at Experimental Video Festival 700IS in East Iceland, 27 March 2010.

Hér.e. Music on Karna Sigurðardóttir’s photo exhibition. Opening at Skaftfell Art Center 25 August 2009, simultaneously opening at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Animation

2010. Christmas Greeting for Lingua/Norðan Jökuls ehf. Song written on a poem by Lubbi klettaskáld (Björgvin Gunnarsson) and animation by Glamour et cetera.

2009. Summer Greeting for Lingua/Norðan Jökuls ehf. Song written on a poem by Lubbi
klettaskáld (Björgvin Gunnarsson) and animation by Vilhjálmur Wáren.

Radio

Ætti ég hörpu. Series of Six Episodes about the Instruments of the Symphony
Orchestra. Producer, author and narrator. Produced for RÚV, National
Broadcasting in Iceland 2007.

Grants

2016: Artist State Grant Iceland: Three Months.

2015: Artist State Grant Iceland: Six Months.

2014: Musica Nova Fund Iceland: A Commission for writing a Music Theatre Piece for Violist Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir.

2013: Icelandic Student Innovation Fund: Research on the artform Music Theatre, analysis on the Music Theatre Tradition in Iceland followed by the Premiere of the Music Theatre Piece Elsa alvitra/Clever Else. Mentors: Prof. Atli Ingólfsson and prof. Steinunn Knútsdóttir.

Nominations

Ár á a streng for String Ensemble nominated for the Icelandic Music Award 2014.