Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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, who was named the New York Philharmonic’s Kravis Emerging Composer in 2015, has composed works that have been featured at major venues and music festivals, such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, Miller Theatre’s Composer Portraits Series, Phillips Collection’s Leading International Composers series, the Kennedy Center, Big Ears Festival, ISCM World Music Days, Nordic Music Days, Beijing Modern Music Festival, and Reykjavík Arts Festival. 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 at San Diego.

Some of the orchestras and ensembles that have performed her work include International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Los Angeles Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Esa-Pekka Salonen led the New York Philharmonic in the premiere of Metacosmos, which was commissioned by the Philharmonic. She is currently composer-in-residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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.

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