Anna Thorvaldsdottir | Composer-in-Residence
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir | Composer-in-Residence

I am Composer-in-Residence with the
Iceland Symphony Orchestra and that role is very diverse and very exciting. It obviously involves writing music for the orchestra and the orchestra is a part of commissioning other large projects that I’m a part of. And I’m also overseeing
the Yrkja project. Which is an educational project. Very important project that the orchestra has for young composers where they get a chance to
write pieces for the orchestra. They write the pieces under the guidance of myself and then they get their pieces performed by the orchestra at the end of their educational period. And this is a very important project and I think it has a very big meaning for the continuation of orchestral music in general. It is really exciting to see how many new pieces and contemporary pieces are in the program with the Iceland Symphony this year. And it is a very big percentage of the overall programming which is a really unique thing to
have with an orchestra. This ranges from educational projects with contemporary music to concerts with subscription where people get a change to hear contemporary music on the program. And it varies also in in the age of the composer’s we have very young composers and then older and established composers. And this is very important. I am very happy to be a part of the
programming committee and to continue this into the future and be a part of programming more and more new and recent music

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