About Geirþrúður


celandic-American cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir is establishing herself as a dynamic and versatile young artist. Born into a musical family in Reykjavík, she made her debut in 2013 with the Iceland Symphony

Orchestra and graduated with a soloist diploma from the Reykjavík College of Music the same year. She went  

on to study with Prof. Hans Jensen at Northwestern University and completed her bachelor’s degree in 2017

She served as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago during their 2017-18 season and is currently 

pursuing a master's degree at The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Prof. Natasha Brofsky.

She has been a prize winner at numerous competitions, including the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Young Soloist Competition (2012), the Thaviu String Competition (2015), The Evanston Music

Club Competition (2014), the Musicians Club of Women Competition (2014), the WDAV

Young Chamber Musicians Competition (2017) and the Dover String Quartet Competiti-

tion (2017). Additionally, she has received fellowships from the Jean-Pierre Jaquillat

Memorial Foundation, the Valitor Foundation in Reykjavík, the Rotary Foundation 

in Icelandthe American-Scandinavian Foundation, the American-Scandinavian

Society, and the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation. She has performed solo and chamber

music recitals in New York, Chicago, North Carolina, Wisconsin, California, Iceland,

France, and Holland and was featured as a soloist with the Ungfónía Orchestra in Iceland 

in 2017.

A passionate chamber musician, Geirþrúður has received several accolades for her ensemble

playing. She received the chamber music prize at the Ecole d'Art Américains de Fontainebleau,

and as a member of Quartet Amí, a string quartet founded at Northwestern, she garnered several

prizes, performed quartet-in-residence at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in June 2017, and

and had multiple performances broadcast on WFMT.

Geirþrúður has a keen interest in historically informed performance. She has taken baroque cello lessons from

Phoebe Carrai and Tanya Tomkins, and performed at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in 2019, a festival that

specializes in performing classical and romantic chamber music on period instruments. 

An equally eager performer of contemporary repertoire, she has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, the Axiom Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Northwestern, and has collaborated composers such as Steve Reich and Hans Thomalla. Her passion for chamber music and contemporary repertoire lead her to co-found the Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic chamber collective dedicated to innovative programming and performance.


Geirþrúður plays on a Pierre Silvestre cello from 1857.

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