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 performed internationally at venues like Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Southbank Centre and appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (ISO), the Iceland Youth Orchestra, and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Her recent concert tour of Iceland featuring the six Bach Cello Suites was hailed as "an awe-inspiring experience" (Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið).
Born into a musical family in Reykjavík in 1994, she made her debut in 2013 with the ISO and graduated with a soloist diploma from the Reykjavík College of Music the same year. She went on to study with 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 Natasha Brofsky. She is currently an Advanced Diploma candidate at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Geirþrúður has been a prize winner at numerous competitions, including the Anton Rubinstein International Cello Competition, 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, and the Thaviu String 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, and Canada, as well as in Iceland, Denmark, Holland, France, and the UK.
A passionate chamber musician, Geirþrúður was the Gold Medal and Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with the Terra String Quartet. 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.