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 co-principal cellist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago during their 2017-18 season. In May 2020 she graduated from The Juilliard School with a master's degree, where she studied with Prof. Natasha Brofsky.
celandic-American cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir is establishing herself as a dynamic and versatile young artist. Born into a musical family in
She has been a prize winner at numerous competitions, including the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, the Thaviu String Competition, The Evanston Music Club Competition, the Musicians Club of Women Competition, the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition and the Dover String Quartet Competitition. 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 as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Iceland, Denmark, Holland, and France. She has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Ungfónía Orchestra, and her upcoming concerto appearances include New York Concerti Sinfonietta and Sinfóníuhljómsveit Áhugamanna.
Geirþrúður is also an active and dedicated teacher. She served as Teaching Assistant to Prof. Brofsky at The Juilliard School and has taught privately for many years. She is a strong advocate for community engagement and interactive concert experiences and founded the Athena Quartet at The
Juilliard School, a string quartet dedicated to bringing interactive concerts to women at risk in the New York area.
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 as quartet-in-residence at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in June 2017, and saw several of their 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, which specializes in classical and romantic chamber music performed 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 worked with composers such as Steve Reich and Hans Thomalla. Her passion for chamber music, community engagement 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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