ISO prepares for UK tour with Anna's AERIALITY, Ravel, & Sibelius

This Thursday Sept 12 in Reykjavik's award-winning Harpa Concert Hall, Yan Pascal Tortelier leads the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in a compelling programme of French and Nordic works, including Anna’s "striking" (Guardian) and "uncannily tactile" (NY Times) AERIALITY. The orchestra then revisits the programme in February 2020, when it embarks on an eight-concert UK tour (8-16 February 2020), featuring alternating soloists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Yeol Eum Son. Anna will be joining the orchestra on the tour.

Since its premiere in 2011, AERIALITY - a "highlight" of the New York Philharmonic's 2017/18 season, according to the New York Times - has been performed more than 40 times by 27 different orchestras around the world. The opening performance of the ISO's UK tour at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall will mark its 50th performance. AERIALITY is the centrepiece on Thorvaldsdottir's acclaimed portrait album Aerial, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2014.

ISO UK tour dates and venues:

8 February - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
9 February - Theatre Royal, Norwich
10 February - Cadogan Hall, London
11 February - Symphony Hall, Birmingham
13 February - St David's Hall, Cardiff
14 February - The Anvil, Basingstoke
15 February - Town Hall, Leeds
16 February - Usher Hall, Edinburgh


I did an interview with Anne Lanzilotti about music and the compositional process in my studio ❁

METACOSMOS - inspiration

I had a nice chat with Simon Clark for his vlog about the inspiration behind METACOSMOS leading up to the UK premiere of the work at the Proms Festival in the Royal Albert Hall July 2019.

AION - trailer

A trailer for AION - a Choreographed Symphonic Stage Work where a full symphony orchestra, 8 dancers and enveloping visuals share a space in a unique way merging in and out of each other throughout the process of the piece.

Music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, choreography by Erna Omarsdottir - trailer from the premiere performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Dance Company at the Point Festival in May 2019.

When AION is performed with choreography it is 50 minutes in duration (with a music score of 47 minutes). Anna’s music score of AION is an orchestral work in 3 movements and performed as a concert piece AION is approximately 37 minutes in duration. The subtitles of the three movements are Morphosis, Transcension and Entropia.

Concept and artistic direction: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Erna Ómarsdóttir
Music: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Choreography: Erna Ómarsdóttir
Assistant choreographer: Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Video art: Pierre-Alain Giraud and Valdimar Jóhannsson

Costumes: Agniezska Baranowska
Editing: Pierre-Alain Giraud

Dancers: Charmene Pang, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Shota Inoue, Tilly Sordat and Una Björg Bjarnadóttir.

 Choreography was created in collaboration with IDC dancers.

A production of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Dance Company.


AION is inspired by an abstract notion of time and the journey between dimensions. In AION Anna Thorvaldsdottir composer and Erna Ómarsdóttir choreographer invite the audience on an otherworldly voyage where music and movement merge in a unique way.

AION is a new large scale work - a choreographed symphonic stage work - with music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and choreography by Erna Ómarsdóttir with the Iceland Dance Company. AION was premiered on May 24th by the Gothenburg Symphony and the Iceland Dance Company in Gothenburg at the Point Festival. The work is co-commissioned by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.



I am really excited about the new portrait album with a selection of my chamber pieces performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble which will be released in November on Sono Luminus. The album presents a selection of recent chamber pieces for smaller forces - ranging from solo piano to string ensemble - which orbit the large ensemble work aequilibria. Two of the pieces are conducted by Steven Schick and the piano solo is performed by Cory Smythe.

Anna signs with Chester Music - Music Sales Classical

It is very exciting to be signing with Chester Music and The Music Sales Classical for distribution of my works. It has been wonderful to get to know the people at Chester Music and the Music Sales Group, and having had good time to do so has been an invaluable part of establishing this relationship - I can't think of a better home for my music.