About Geirþrúður

If Geirþrúður had been in Bach's orchestra, he surely would have praised her to the skies.

Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið, Reykjavík


© 2017 Carl Alexander

Praised for her "agile and passionate" and "exceedingly lively" playing (Fréttablaðið, Reykjavik), Icelandic-American cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir has garnered attention as a bold and engaging performer. Born into a musical family in Reykjavík in 1994, 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 recently graduated with a master's degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied Prof. Natasha Brofsky.

A highlight of her 2020-21 season was a seven-concert tour of Iceland featuring the six cello suites of J.S. Bach. Her final concerts in Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik were hailed as "an awe-inspiring experience" (Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið). Her upcoming season features recitals at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California and for the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago, concerto appearances in Reykjavík and New York, and chamber music projects across the United States and Iceland.

Geirþrúður has been a prize winner at numerous competitions, including the Hellam Young Artist Competition, the New York International Artists Association Competition, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington Young Artist Competition, the Thaviu String Competition, The Evanston Music Club Competition, and the Musicians Club of Women Competition. Additionally, she has received fellowships from the Jean-Pierre Jaquillat Memorial Foundation, the Valitor Foundation in Reykjavík, the Rotary Foundation in Iceland, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Society, and the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals across the United States, in Iceland, Denmark, Holland and France, and has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Youth Symphony. 

A passionate chamber musician, Geirþrúður is the cellist of the Terra Quartet, a string quartet based in New York City. Her festival appearances include Ecole d'Art Américains de Fontainebleau, where she was awarded the top prize for chamber music, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, the Holland International Music Sessions, Banff Masterclasses, and the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program. She has also appeared as artist-in-residence at the Harpa International Music Academy, the Young Icelandic Chamber Musicians Festival, and the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival. Geirþrúður plays on a Pierre Silvestre cello from 1857.

In addition to music, Geirþrúður enjoys photography, reading, running, and playing chess.