Faculty Recital: Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
$20 ($10 students and seniors)
Faculty cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir performs at the Jones Playhouse Oct. 19 (Photo courtesy the artist).
Faculty cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir performs at the Jones Playhouse Oct. 19 (Photo courtesy the artist).

Cello faculty artist-in-residence Saeunn Thorsteinsdóttir presents a solo recital of music composed for her, including West Coast, U.S., and world premieres of pieces by Halldór Smárason, Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Melia Watras.

PROGRAM

Vetur (2016) .............................................................................................................Melia Watras

48 Images of the Moon (2017) ....................................................................... Þuríður Jónsdóttir

(2017).........................................................................................................Halldór Smárason

Afterquake (2017) ......................................................................................... Páll Ragnar Pálsson 


 

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello

“Riveting” (New York Times) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto and Iceland Symphonies, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her across the US, Europe and Asia. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello on Centaur Records, she has performed in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall. The press have described her as “charismatic” (New York Times) and praised her performances for their “emotional intensity” (Los Angeles Times).

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Cavani Quartets, and has performed at numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro (with whom she has toured). She is cellist of Frequency and the Manhattan Piano Trio, and founding member and co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed New York-based chamber ensemble Decoda.

Along with masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Thorsteinsdóttir is inspired by music of our time and enjoys collaborating with living composers. In addition to working with Daníel Bjarnason on his award-winning composition “Bow to String”, she has premiered dozens of works, including pieces by Peter Schikele, Paul Schoenfield, Kendall Briggs and Jane Antonia Cornish.

Thorsteinsdóttir has garnered top prizes in international competitions, including the Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. Her principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Tanya L. Carey, Colin Carr and Joel Krosnick. Thorsteinsdóttir currently serves on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches cello and chamber music

Thorsteinsdóttir was a fellow of Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to New York City Public Schools.

Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Thorsteinsdóttir moved to the states as a child—however, she still has family in Iceland and enjoys returning, both for concerts and family visits.