Anna Thorvaldsdottir frequently works with large sonic structures that tend to 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.
Anna’s music is frequently performed internationally, and has been featured at several major venues and music festivals such as Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC, the Composer Portraits Series at NYC's Miller Theatre, ISCM World Music Days, Nordic Music Days, Ultima Festival, Klangspuren Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Tectonics, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Her works have been nominated and awarded on many occasions - most notably, Anna is the recipient of the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize 2012 for her work Dreaming, and The New York Philharmonic's Kravis Emerging Composer Award.
Some of the orchestras and ensembles that have performed Anna's work and will feature her work in the near future include International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), BIT20, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, The Crossing, LA Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the San Francisco Chamber Players, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Musiques Nouvelles, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the CAPUT Ensemble, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and Either/Or Ensemble. In May 2017, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in Anna’s work Aeriality, part of Gilbert’s final season as Music Director.
Anna holds a PhD from the University of California in San Diego.
Anna’s debut portrait album - Rhízōma - was released in October 2011 through Innova Recordings and was very well received and appeared on a number of “Best of 2011” lists, e.g. at TimeOut New York and TimeOut Chicago.
Anna's portrait album - Aerial - was released by Deutsche Grammophon in November 2014 and appeared on a number of year end lists, e.g. at New Yorker Magazine, Boston Globe, iTunes Classical, and WQXR's Q2.
In the Light of Air was released by Sono Luminus in August 2015, performed by ICE and appeared on a number of year end lists, e.g. at the New York Times,The New Yorker, Boston Globe, NPR Classical, and Chicago Reader.
At Nordic Music Days 2017 Anna will have a pre-concert talk with Daníel Bjarnason on 28 September at 6:15 PM.
Her piece "Aeriality" will be played on the opening concert with Philarmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen on 28 eptember at 7:30 pm
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