Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir
Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir is an Icelandic-American cellist born in 1994. In 2013 she graduated from the Reykjavik College of Music in Iceland with a soloist diploma where her primary teacher was Gunnar Kvaran. This past spring she completed her B.Mus. at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she studied with Hans Jensen. She has been the recipient of various awards including the Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship Award from the Musicians Club of Women, The Evanston Music Club Scholarship Award and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Award. In 2013 she was featured as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In the past year she has performed solo recitals in the U.S., Iceland, and Holland. As an eager performer of contemporary repertoire she has performed with the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Northwestern and Ensemble Dal Niente, and collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich and Hans Thomalla, and conductor Alan Pierson. She is currently a member of Quartet Amí, a string quartet founded at Northwestern. They were recently first prize winners at the 2017 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition and the 2017 Dover String Quartet Competition. They also performed as the quartet-in-residence at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in June 2017. Her passion for chamber music and contemporary repertoire has lad her to co-found the Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic chamber collective dedicated to innovative programming and performance. Geirþrúður is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performs regularly in the Chicago area and in Iceland.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of music? Swimming, reading, the breeding of Icelandic sheep, general Netflixing