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Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir

Cellist

Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir is one of Iceland's foremost cellists and has received deserved attention for her inspired performances. She started cello studies at the age of five with Haukur Hannesson at the music school of the Icelandic Suzuki Association. At the age of seven she moved to the United States, where she has lived most of the time. She finished her masters´degree from the Juilliard School of Music in New York and her doctorate from SUNY Sony Brook. Her main teachers there were Richard Aaron, Tanya L. Carey, Colin Carr and Joel Krosnick.

Sæunn has won several prizes at international music competitions and performed in a variety of concerts and music festival worldwide, a.o. Carnegie Hall in New York, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Kowloon, and the Eldborg Hall of Harpa Concert Hall. She has a.o. performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Sæunn was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2019.

Sæunn teaches at the University of Washington in Seattle and is the cellist of chamber group Frequency in Seattle. She is also one of the founders and artistic directors of the chamber ensemble Decoda in New York, which aims at bringing new energies to chamber music with creative education and community involvement. Decorda travels widely; last year the group went e.g. on a concert tour in South Africa and were artists in residence at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Sæunn has performed with Bedroom Community on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sæunn's newst CD features four works Icelandic composer: Afterquake by Páll Ragnar Pálsson, 48 images of the moon by Þuríður Jónsdóttir, O by Halldór Smárason and Solitaire by Hafliði Hallgrímsson.

Sæunn's next concert with the Iceland Symphony will be in Harpa Concert Hall on 26th September 2019 where they perform Haydn's Cello Concerto no. 2 in D Major.