Anna Thorvaldsdottir Signs To Music Sales
June 21st, 2017 | News
Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir has signed a long-term agreement with Chester Music, part of The Music Sales Group of Companies, to publish her music from 1st July 2017. The catalogue includes twenty-five works spanning orchestral, ensemble, solo, choral, vocal and chamber opera repertoire.
Thorvaldsdottir’s work is notable for its command of large-scale musical structures which seem to unfold organically whilst never losing focus on their ultimate destination. This can be heard in orchestral pieces such as Dreaming, for which she won the 2008 Nordic Council Music Prize, and AERIALITY, which has received over 20 performances since its premiere in 2011. Ensemble works including the 40-minute cycle In the Light of Air allow the listener to dwell on the ingenuity of the composer’s instrumental writing, whilst the recent choral piece Ad Genua demonstrates her naturally expressive vocal music. Her most ambitious work to date is UR_, a chamber opera with a cast of four characters which deals with the human struggle to return to a natural state of being. Thorvaldsdottir was the recipient of the New York Philharmonic’s Kravis Emerging Composer Award in 2015 which features the award of an orchestral commission, on which the composer is currently working, for premiere in Spring 2018.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir comments:
‘It has been wonderful to get to know the people at Chester Music and the Music Sales Group, and having had good time to do so has been an invaluable part of establishing this relationship. I can’t think of a better home for my music and am very much looking forward to the future.’
James Rushton, Managing Director of Chester Music says:
‘When we first heard Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s music it immediately struck me and my colleagues that here was a new and powerful voice, absolutely of our time whilst entirely linked to the tradition of classical music, in which the variety of striking soundworlds combine to make something completely inevitable. That reaction has only been enhanced by the pleasure of getting to know Anna as we have discussed over the past months what is required of a composer / publisher relationship in today’s shrinking world. Having established a clear understanding of our common goals and aspirations, it is with huge pleasure that I welcome Anna to the company.’
Anna’s debut portrait album Rhízōma was released in October 2011 through Innova Recordings. Aerial was released by Deutsche Grammophon in November 2014 and In the Light of Air was released by Sono Luminus in August 2015, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).