Field of Art: Cello
Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir was born and raised in Reykjavík and is quickly establishing herself as one of Iceland’s most promising young musicians. In 2013, she made her debut with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and has since played numerous recitals both in Europe and the U.S. She holds degrees from the Reykjavík College of Music and Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at The Juilliard School. She has been a prizewinner at various competitions, including The Thaviu String Competition, The Evanston Music Club Competition, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Additionally, she has received fellowships from the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation, the Valitor Foundation in Reykjavík, the Rotary Foundation in Iceland, the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York, and the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation. She has recently performed solo recitals in the U.S., Iceland, and Holland and was featured as a soloist with the Ungfónía Youth Orchestra in Iceland in 2017.
A passionate chamber musician, Geirþrúður has received several accolades for her ensemble playing. She received the chamber music prize at the Ecole d’Art Américains de Fontainebleau, and as a member of Quartet Amí, a string quartet founded at Northwestern, she won first prize at the 2017 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition and at the 2017 Dover String Quartet Competition. Quartet Amí also performed as the quartet-in-residence at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in June 2017.
Her passion for chamber music and contemporary repertoire lead her to co-found the Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic chamber collective dedicated to innovative programming and performance.
Aside from music, Geirþrúður also enjoys running, cooking, and playing chess!
Photo by Lunah Zon Photography