Composer 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, including portrait concerts at Lincoln Center’s esteemed Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and at the prestigious Composer Portraits Series at NYC’s Miller Theatre with Either/Or Ensemble. Other orchestras and ensembles that Annahas worked with include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, BIT20, Musiques Nouvelles, Yarn/Wire, and CAPUT Ensemble.
Anna’s works have been nominated and awarded on many occasions – most notably, she 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.
Anna holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego.
Anna’s debut portrait album – Rhízōma – was released in 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 second portrait album – Aerial – was released by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics in 2014 and appeared on a number of year end lists, e.g. at New Yorker Magazine, Boston Globe, iTunes Classical, and WQXR’s Q2. Her latest portrait album – In the Light of Air – was recorded and released by Sono Luminus in August 2015 and has received excellent reviews, e.g. in the New York Times, WQXR’s Q2 and on NPR.