Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir

(IS)

Hailing from the peripheries of Iceland, Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (b. 1987) follows inner logics when approaching composition, often integrating sound and other phenomena into an indivisible whole.

Her “elemental style” (Steve Smith, The New Yorker) has been commissioned and performed widely and by renowned groups such as the Oslo Philharmonic (NO), Iceland Symphony Orchestra (IS), International Contemporary Ensemble ICE (US), Decibel (AUS), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI) and Nordic Affect (IS), while featured in major festivals and events such as Tectonics (Glasgow, Reykjavík, Athens, Oslo), Nordic Music Days (London, Bodø, Reykjavík), Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart (New York), Only Connect (Oslo), Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam), SPOR (Aarhus), Cycle (Kópavogur), Ultima (Oslo), Dark Music Days (Reykjavík) , Sigur Rós’s Norður og Niður (Reykjavík), KLANG (Copenhagen), ISCM’s World New Music Days (Beijing), Sound of Stockholm, Prototype (US) and more.

Bergrún holds a master’s degree in composition from Mills College where she studied with the likes of Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, and Roscoe Mitchell. She is also a member of composers’ collective S.L.Á.T.U.R. (Artistically Obtrusive Composers Around Reykjavík).

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Photo by Derrick Belcham