Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir frequently works with large sonic structures that 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.
Ms. Thorvaldsdottir was named the New York Philharmonic’s Kravis Emerging Composer in 2015. Portrait concerts of her works have been presented at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Miller Theatre’s Composer Portraits Series, Phillips Collection’s Leading International Composers series, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, National Sawdust, London’s Spitalfields Music Festival, and Munich Chamber Orchestra’s Nachtmusic der Moderne series. She is the recipient of the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize 2012, for her work Dreaming, and Lincoln Center’s 2018 Emerging Artist Award and 2018 Martin E. Segal Award. Ms. Thorvaldsdottir holds a PhD from the University of California–San Diego.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s music has been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble intercontemporain, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, and Bang on a Can All-Stars. The New York Philharmonic commissioned and premiered her METACOSMOS in 2018, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The Berlin Philharmonic gave its European premiere in 2019, led by Alan Gilbert, and its UK premiere was at the BBC Proms in 2019. Ms. Thorvaldsdottir’s latest orchestral work — the large-scale AION — was commissioned by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and premiered in May 2019.
Anna Thovaldsdottir’s debut portrait album, Rhízōma, was released in 2011 through Innova Recordings. This was followed by Aerial, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2014, and In the Light of Air, performed by ICE on Sono Luminus in 2015. Her most recent album, AEQUA, featuring a selection of chamber works performed by ICE, was released in November 2018.