Anna Thorvaldsdottir


Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Her tenure with the orchestra began in January 2018.

As Composer-in-Residence, Thorvaldsdottir plays a multi-faceted role within the Iceland Symphony. She writes new works for the orchestra, and the orchestra performs some of her other works as well. The Iceland Symphony plans to record works by Thorvaldsdottir for the Sono Luminus label. Its recent release for the label, Recurrence, which also included Thorvaldsdottir's music, received rave reviews. Anna is also a member of the orchestra's programme committee and leads the young composers' workshop Yrkja, which the orchestra organises in collaboration with the Icelandic Music Information Centre.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is one of today's most renowned contemporary composers and has received numerous honours and awards for her music. Her works have been performed at leading festivals and concert halls, including the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York's Lincoln Center; Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Anna received the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2012 and the Kravis Emerging Composer Prize awarded by the New York Philharmonic in 2015. In 2018, she was the recipient of two Lincoln Center awards: the Emerging Artist Award and the Martin E. Segal Award.

Leading ensembles around the world have performed Thorvaldsdottir's music, including the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Crossing, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Several of Anna's recordings have been included on major media outlets' year-end lists of favourites: Rhízōma, 2011, Innova Recordings (TimeOut New York and TimeOut Chicago lists); Aerial, 2014, Deutsche Grammophon (New Yorker Magazine, Boston Globe, iTunes Classical, and WQXR's Q2); In the Light of Air, 2015, Sono Luminus (The New York Times, The New Yorker, Boston Globe, NPR Classical, and Chicago Reader).