Get to know Geirþrúður!

Aside from playing cello, Geirþrúður enjoys a plethora of other nerdy activities. She loves to read, and is particularly fond of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen. She is a keen chess player, having trained and competed internationally as a child and teenager.

She also enjoys some less nerdy activities, like cooking, baking and exercising. As a child she was determined to be a professional soccer player, but over the years her ambitions have become more realistic and now she primarily likes to go running and to do yoga.

She has always been very interested in math, science, history, and philosophy, and tries to pursue these interests by listening to podcasts during her runs or while cooking.

Geirþrúður currently lives in New York City with her cat, Molly. Molly is an old, obnoxious, cranky, and somewhat incontinent animal, but, obviously, she’s still the cutest cat in the world!

Who is your favorite composer?

I think I would have to say Beethoven... and Bach, of course.

What is your favorite thing to bake?

I make quite a tasty apple pie. The key is to add some fresh ginger.

What is your favorite concert hall to play in?

The hall I feel the most comfortable playing in is Lutkin Hall at Northwestern. Just because it has wonderful acoustics, or at least it used to before they renovated it. But the most exciting hall I've played in was probably Eldborg Hall in Iceland, because it is so beautiful.

What is your favorite Icelandic food?

Hangikjöt! It is a very salty leg of lamb, traditionally smoked over sheep dung.

Who is your favorite cellist?

Truls Mørk

What is your favorite chess opening?

The Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation. It makes for quite an open, exciting position which I like :)