Curriculum Vitae (selected)

Education

Ph.D., Music Composition, University of California, San Diego, 2011
M.A., Music Composition, University of California, San Diego, 2008
B.A., Music Composition, Iceland Academy of The Arts, 2004

Selected major recordings, performances and festivals

2016
Portrait concert, ICE, the Leading International Composers Series at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, April
Aura, Nief-Norf, Big Ears Festival, March
Aeriality, Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, February
Streaming Arhythmia, Contemporaneous at Pioneers, Brooklyn, February

2015
Aeriality, Basel Sinfonietta, Basel and Zürich, October
UR_ premiere, Far North production, Theater Trier and Ultima Oslo, September
Dreaming, Trier Philharmonic, Trier, September
In the Light of Air, ICE, Ojai Music Festival, June
Dreaming, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, June
In the Light of Air, ICE, MCA in Chicago, April
In the Light of Air & Transitions, ICE, recordings for release, Sono Luminus Studios

2014
Aequilibria, BIT20, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, November
Aeriality, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, October
Aequilibria premiere, BIT20, Logen in Bergen, September
Dreaming, Oslo Philharmonic, September
Portrait Concert, ICE, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC, August
In the Light of Air, ICE, Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., May
In the Light of Air premiere, ICE, The Reykjavik Arts Festival, May
Trajectories, installation, Reykjavik Arts Museum, March and April
Trajectories, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir, Reykjavik Visual Music Festival, February

2013
Portrait Concert, Either/Or, Miller Theatre’s Composers Portrait Series, December
Shades of Silence premiere, Nordic Affect, Dark Music Days, January
into - second self premiere, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik, April
Ró premiere, CAPUT Ensemble, Beijing Modern Music Festival, May

2012
Hrím, BIT20 Ensemble, Bergen, November
Hrím, Musiques Nouvelles, ISCM World Music Days, October
Hrím, BIT20 Ensemble, Ultima Oslo Festival, September
Portrait Concert, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Mike Gao, Reykjavik Arts Festival, May
Portrait Concert, CAPUT Ensemble, Dark Music Days, January

2011
Hrím, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, DiMenna Center, December
Aeriality premiere, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, November
Dreaming, recording for release, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, April
Hrím and Streaming Arhythmia, recordings for release, CAPUT Ensemble, April

2010
Hrím, UCSD New Music Ensemble Palimpsest, November
Hrím premiere, CAPUT Ensemble, May
Portrait Concert, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Duo Harpverk, Dark Music Days, January
Dreaming premiere, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, January

2009
Dreaming demo recording, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, September
Portrait Concert, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, UCSD Department of Music Spring Festival, May
[one] premiere, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir and Frank Aarnink, Dark Music Days, January 

2008
Heyr þú oss himnum á, Talla Vocal Ensemble, Nordic Music Days in Finland, October
The Color of Words premiere, Kristján Orri Sigurleifsson and Hljómeyki choir, October
Jólasöngur/Christmas song, Hljómeyki chamber choir, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service’s Christmas broadcast, December
Breathing premiere, Hnúkaþeyr Ensemble, Dark Music Days, January 

2007
Frankly, Frank Aarnink, Dark Music Days, January
Aton, Aton Ensemble, Dark Music Days, January 

2006
A Moment of Peace premiere, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, March

2005
Raven demo recording, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, September 

2004
A Moment of Peace demo recording, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, September

Major releases

2015
In the Light of Air, portrait album, includes In the Light of Air and Transitions. Performed by ICE. Released by Sono Luminus

2014
Aerial, portrait album, includes into – Second Self, Ró, Aeriality, Tactility, Trajectories and Shades of Silence. Performed by CAPUT ensemble, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Duo Harpverk, Nordic Affect, Tinna Thorsteinsdottir & Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Released by Deutsche Grammophon

2011
Rhízōma, debut portrait album, includes Hrím, Dreaming, Streaming Arhythmia and Hidden. Performed by Iceland Symphony Orchestra, CAPUT ensemble and Justin DeHart. Released by Innova Recordings

Honors and Awards

2016
In the Light of Air, Contemporary/Classical Album of the Year 2015, Icelandic Iceland Music Awards.

2015
The New York Philharmonic Kravis Emerging Composer Award

2012
The Nordic Council Music Prize 2012 for Dreaming (2008) for orchestra
Composer of the Year 2011, Icelandic Music Awards 2012
Rhízōma, Contemporary/Classical Album of the Year, Icelandic Music Awards 2012

2011
Hrím, Composition of the Year 2010, Icelandic Music Awards 2011
International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011

2010
American-Scandinavian Foundation Award

2009
TA Excellence Award, University of California, San Diego

2008
TA Excellence Award, University of California, San Diego

Teaching and lectures

2014
Composer-in-Residence, Nief-Norf Festival, June

2013
Invited lecture, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, April
Invited lecture, New York University, December
Invited lecture, Columbia University, December
Part-time lecturer in composition, the Iceland Academy of the Arts

2012
Invited lecture, TING Festival in association with The Sibelius Academy at Helsinki Music Centre, November

2011
Associate-in-Music, MUS 33, Composition, University of California, San Diego

Associate-in-Music, MUS 102, Music Theory and Practice, University of California, San Diego

2007-2010
Teaching Assistant, MUS 102, Music Theory and Practice, University of California, San Diego, 2007-2010
Teaching Assistant, MUS 4, Music History, University of California, San Diego, 2007

Invited lecture, Reykjavík Arts Festival, May 2010
Invited lecture, Stanford University, October 2010
Invited lecture, University of Iceland, January 2010

1999-2006
Instructor, cello and music theory and practice, Sigursveinn D. Kristinsson School of Music