Bjorn Thoroddsen has been one of Iceland's leading jazz guitarist for many years. He has won several Icelandic music awards, including "Jazz Performer of the Year" in 2003.
At a young age Bjorn moved to Los Angeles to expand his studies and graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in 1982. Originally a Rock musician, his attention was soon turned towards Jazz, where it has remained to this day.
He performs both as a solo artist and as a member in several bands, including Cold Front with Canada's Richard Gillis and America's Steve Kirby, and the popular Icelandic band Guitar Islancio, which was the first Icelandic Jazz group to have a gold certificate album, and continues to entertain both native Icelanders and especially international audiences. Bjorn also runs the annual Icelandic Guitar Festival, which is televised and has become a big hit in recent years with numerous sold-out shows.
Bjorn has collaborated with numerous musicians such as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Tommy Emmanuel, Nigel Kennedy, Kazumi Watanabe, Ole Kock Hansen, Mads Vinding, Alex Riel, Ulf Wakaineus, Robin Nolan, Philip Catherine, Didier Lockwood, Sylvain Luc, Jørgen Svare, James Carter, Larry Coryell, Leni Stern, Ben Perowsky, Duane Andrews, Doug Raney and many more.
Bjorn has been invited to perform at music festivals around the world, including Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Kongsberg Jazzfestival, JazzFest Berlin, Jazz Rally Düsseldorf, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, and so on.
Some of the renowned venues he has performed at include Lincoln Center, Knitting Factory and Scandinavia House in New York, The Pit-Inn in Tokyo, The Baked Potato and Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, Blues Alley and Corcoran in Washington D.C., and Bix in Stuttgart.