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Curriculum Vitae (selected)

Education

2009 MA in Music Composition, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007 BA in Music Composition, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland

2002 Graduation in jazz guitar performance, FÍH School of Music. Reykjavík, Iceland

Selected premieres, performances and festivals

2015

Augnablik (for viola, trombone and electronics), written for the ensemble Kúbus, premiered at Dark Music Days, Reykjavík, Iceland


2014

Sólheimajökull and Dettifoss (for flute, bassoon, clarinet, violin and electronics), written for the trio Tøyen Fil og Klafferi, premiered at the Sláturtíð festival, Reykjavík, Iceland

Gamla hverfið mitt/Mit gamle kvarter (for flute, violin, trombone, saxophone, vibraphone and electronics), written for SCENATET, premiered at Astrid Noacks Atelier, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hikk! (for flute, clarinet and bassoon), written for Trio Amerise, premiered at the Embassy of Iceland in Copenhagen, Denmark

Waking the City Statues, sounds for a light installation by the Icelandic Light Art Group, premiered at the opening of the Winter Lights Festival, Einar Jónsson Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

Melancholic tune (for flute, clarinet, violin and electronics), written for the trio Tøyen Fil og Klafferi, premiered at Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden


Sólheimajökull and Dettifoss performed by Tøyen Fil og Klafferi at NyMusikk, Oslo, Norway

Hikk! performed by Trio Amerise at various venues during Iceland tour

Melancholic tune performed by Tøyen Fil og Klafferi at various venues during Norway tour

Melancholic tune performed by Tøyen Fil og Klafferi and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at Drivhuset musikkverksted, Oslo, Norway


2013

Jólastökur (for mixed choir), Christmas song commissioned by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, written for Hljómeyki Chamber Choir, premiered on radio and television, Reykjavík, Iceland

Á báðum áttum (for flute, clarinet and percussion), written for Ensemble neoN, premiered at the Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland


Tónar úr eldhúsi minninganna performed by Hljómeyki, Ragnar Emilsson and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at Dark Music Days, Reykjavík, Iceland

Krónan performed by the ensemble CAPUT and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík, Iceland

Tónar úr eldhúsi minninganna performed by Hljómeyki, Ragnar Emilsson and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at Skálholt, Iceland

Á báðum áttum performed by Ensemle neoN at various venues during Iceland and Norway tours


2012

(for bassoon and electronics), written for Kristín Mjöll Jakobsdóttir, premiered at the Sláturtíð festival, Reykjavík, Iceland

Tónar úr eldhúsi minninganna (‘Tones from the Kitchen of Memories’) (for mixed choir, electric guitar and acoustic guitar), written for Hljómeyki Chamber Choir, Ragnar Emilsson and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, premiered at Skálholt, Iceland

Incandescent Light Bulb Memorial Project, sounds for a light installation by Kristján Kristjánsson, premiered at the DesignMarch festival, Toppstöðin, Reykjavík, Iceland

Hyrnan II (Þórdísarhyrna, 13.-37. umferð) (for piano), written for Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, premiered at Dark Music Days, Reykjavík, Iceland

From Beacon to Beacon performed by Nordic Affect at Dark Music Days, Reykjavík, Iceland


Clam performed by the ensembles Fengjastrútur/Skmendanikka and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at the Tectonics festival, Reykjavík, Iceland

Improvisation piece performed by Ole-Henrik Moe, Kari Rønnekleiv and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at the SPOR festival, commissioned by the festival, Aarhus, Denmark

Krónan performed by Norbotten NEO and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir at Nordic Music Days, Stockholm, Sweden

performed by Anrijs Ivanovskis at the Sonic festival, Copenhagen, Denmark


2011

Fjöll (‘Mountains’) (for harp, percussion and accordion), written for Dúó Harpverk and Erica Roozendaal, premiered at the Við Djúpið festival, Ísafjörður, Iceland

Febrúardagur (‘A Day in February’) (for halldorophone and accordion), written for Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir and Paula Engel, commissioned by Halldór Úlfarsson, premiered at the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík

Ást þín… (Part 2) (for baritone, violin, cello, accordion and piano), poem by Einar Már Guðmundsson, written for Fimm í Tangó, premiered at the National Centre for Cultural Heritage, Reykjavík, Iceland

From Beacon to Beacon (for baroque cello, baroque violin, harpsichord and electronics), written for Nordic Affect, premiered at the Early Monday concert series, Copenhagen, Denmark


Improvisation piece performed by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, Björgvin Gíslason, Frank Aarnink, Katie Buckley, Erica Roozendaal and Borgar Magnússon at Nordic Music Days. Commissioned by the festival. Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík, Iceland

Ást þín… (Parts 1 and 2) and Drykkfelld kona performed by Fimm í Tangó at various venues around Iceland


2010

Ást þín… (Part 1) (for baritone, violin, cello, accordion and piano), poem by Einar Már Guðmundsson, written for Fimm í Tangó, premiered at Café Rosenberg, Reykjavík, Iceland

Sounds of New Nordic Landscapes, sound installation commissioned by the Danish Architecture Centre for the New Nordic Landscapes exhibition at the Nordic Lighthouse, Shanghai, China

Drykkfelld kona (for baritone, violin, cello, accordion and piano), poem by Einar Már Guðmundsson, written for Fimm í Tangó, premiered at Salurinn, Kópavogur, Iceland


Sounds of New Nordic Landscapes, sound installation featured in the travelling exhibition Man-Made Environment, Oslo and Copenhagen

Hildarleikur performed by Aino Juutilainen at NeuZeit festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Þórdísarhyrna 1.-12. umferð (Thordis Fichu, row 1-12) performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavík, Iceland

Krónan performed by the ensemble CAPUT at Sölvhóll, Reykjavík, Iceland

JÆJA release concert at Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

Electric guitar solo concert as part of the Nordic House Christmas Calendar series, the Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland

Electric guitar solo concert at Det Poetiske Bureau, Copenhagen, Denmark


2009

Aftur (for pipe organ), written for Johannes Unger as part of studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM), premiered at the Copenhagen International Organ Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Music for minne m'in:e m:a, music for dance choreography by Maria Mattson as part of studies at RDAM, written for Erica Roozendaal, premiered at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

Krónan (for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion), written for the Esbjerg Ensemble as part of studies at RDAM, premiered at RDAM in Copenhagen, Denmark


Risaeðla performed by students from the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, at UNM festival, Gothenburgh, Sweden

Krónan performed by Esbjerg Ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music, London, as part of studies at RDAM

Improvisation performance with Thomas Block (ondes Martenot), Justine Chen (zheng), Jocelyn Mienniel (flute and electronics) and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir (electric guitar) at 4 à table, Societé de Curiosites, Paris, France


2008

Þórdísarhyrna, 1.-12. umferð (Thordis Fichu, row 1-12) (for symphony orchestra), written for Aalborg Symphony Orchestra as part of studies at RDAM, premiered in Aalborg, Denmark

Expeditionen 08, improvisation performance with Carl Bergstrøm-Nilsen, Maria Laurette Friis, Anders Fillipsen, Henrik Sundh, Camilla Barratt-Due, Kresten Osgood, Johanna Borchert, Elena Setién and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, Kristianshavn Beboerhus, Copenhagen, Denmark


2007

Clam (for alto flute, accordion, percussion and electric guitar), written for Julius Ditlevsen, Camilla Barratt-Due, Páll Hermannsson and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir as part of studies at RDAM, premiered at RDAM, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hildarleikur (for solo cello), written for Hildur Heimisdóttir as part of studies ad RDAM, premiered at RDAM, Copenhagen, Denmark

Þjóðlag frá Egóistan (‘Folk Song from Egoistan’) (for viola and cello), written for Dúó Ríma, premiered at the Folk Music Festival, Siglufjörður, Iceland

Risaeðla (for chamber orchestra), written for the ensemble CAPUT as part of studies at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, premiered at the Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland


2006

Vindur og vissa (for soprano and piano), written for Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, premiered in Reykjavík, Iceland

Gítardúett (for electric guitar and acoustic guitar), written for Ragnar Emilsson and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir, premiered in Reykjavík, Iceland

Performed with own band at the rock festival Aldrei fór ég suður, Ísafjörður, Iceland


2005

Various concerts with own band and others in Iceland


2004

Various concerts with own band and others in Iceland


2003

Performed with own band at Kunsträdgården, Stockholm, as a part of a festival of Icelandic music

Toured the UK with own band


Audio releases

2011

Three pieces for Fimm í Tangó on the CD Fimm í Tangó, released by Fimm í Tangó


2009

Jæja, a solo CD with own compositions of mixed styles and instruments, performed by Steinunn Gyðu- og Guðjónsdóttir (recorders), Grímur Helgason (clarinet and bass clarinet), Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (trumpet), Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir (violin and viola), Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir (cello), Ragnar Emilsson (guitar and electric bass), Hafdís Bjarnadóttir (electric guitar and electric bass) and Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (drums), released by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir


2002

, a solo CD with own compositions of mixed styles and instruments, performed by Erna Blöndal (soprano), Sigurður Halldórsson (countertenor), Guðlaugur Viktorsson (tenor), Eiríkur Hreinn Helgason (bass), Grímur Helgason (clarinet and bass clarinet), Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson (trumpet), Szymon Kuran (violin), Elísabet Waage (harp), Ragnar Emilsson (guitars), Þorgrímur Jónsson (double bass and electric bass), Kristinn Snær Agnarsson (drums), released on the label Smekkleysa/Bad Taste Records


Honours/miscellaneous

2014

Composer-in-residence at Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm

Composer-in-residence at Astrid Noacks Atelier, Copenhagen


2013

Composer-in-residence at Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm


2012

Composer-in-residence at Skálholt Summer Concert Series, Iceland


2011

A Day in February selected by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service for the 58th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in Vienna, Austria


2010

Nominated in two categories for the Icelandic Music Prize 2009: Jazz Album of the Year (Jæja) and Composer of the Year

1st prize in a dance-and-song-competition, organized by the composer collective S.L.Á.T.U.R. and the Keðja dance festival, piece (without title) performed by Orphix Ostra and audience, Reykjavík


2009

Þórdísarhyrna 1.-12. umferð selected for the young composers’ symposium with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavík, Iceland

Invited to join the Icelandic composers collective S.L.Á.T.U.R.


Grants

2014

Kulturkontakt Nord

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Services Composers’ Fund

Danish International Visiting Arts Programme


2013

Kulturkontakt Nord


2012

Musica Nova, Music Innovation Fund in Iceland

The Icelandic Association of Composers and Holders of Copyright Travel Grant


2011

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Services Composers’ Fund


2010

Kraumur Music Fund ‒ a grant for collecting and publishing sounds from Icelandic nature

The Icelandic Association of Composers and Holders of Copyright Travel Grant

Cultural Fund of the Icelandic Musicians Union (Menningarsjóður FÍH)


2009

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Services Composers’ Fund

Grants Scheme for Students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Fælleslegat for studerende ved DKDM)

Anders and Hanne Månsson Memorial Fund


2007

Glitnir Bank Young Musicians’ Grant


2003

Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Music Fund

Cultural Fund of the Icelandic Musicians Union (Menningarsjóður FÍH)


Teaching and lectures

2012- Part-time lecturer in composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts

2010- Examiner for BA in Music Composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts

2009- Guitar teacher at Árbær Music School

1999-2006 Guitar teacher at Árbær Music School

1999-2001 Music theory teacher at Garðabær Music School



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