Berglind María Tómasdóttir is an Icelandic musician currently living in San Diego, California.
She has performed in Iceland and on both sides of the Atlantic in festivals such as Nordic Music Days, Reykjavík Arts Festival, The Bang on a Can Marathon, Dark Music Days and Skálholt Summer Concerts. She
is the founder and the artistic director of ensemble Njúton, nominated to the 2008 Icelandic Music Awards for the album of the year. Berglind María can furthermore be heard as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, in Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson’s flute concerto, “Columbine”, available on Octavia Records.
Berglind graduated from Reykjavik College of Music in 1998 and completed a postgraduate degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2001. During her studies she was a visiting student at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) and at Lund University in Sweden. Principal teachers include Bernhard Wilkinson, Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, Toke Lund Christiansen and Pierre-Yves Artaud.
Berglind has twice received an Artist’s Stipend from the Icelandic State and received a Fulbright scholarship and the Thor Thors grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation for her current studies at the University of California, San Diego where she is pursuing her DMA in contemporary music performance.
“…Berglind María Tómasdóttir plays it sparklingly here.”
On the CD Sigurbjornsson – Icelandic Music.
Guy Rickards, Nordic Sounds
“…her performance was rhythmically accurate, technically tight, and
showed a deep understanding for the subtle nuances of the composition.
Berglind María is obviously a fantastic flutist.”
Jónas Sen, Morgunbladid
“Berglind María Tómasdóttir is a fantstic fluteplayer, as she clearly
demonstrated in a brilliant performance of a piece by Sigurbjörnsson,
and french composers Messiaen and Dutilleux.”
Jón Ásgeirsson, Morgunbladid