Hailing from the peripheries of Iceland, now Brooklyn / Reykjavík based composer Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir follows inner logics when approaching composition, often integrating sound and visual phenomena into an indivisible whole.

Her work has been performed widely by groups such as the Oslo Philharmonic (NO), Iceland Symphony Orchestra (IS), International Contemporary Ensemble ICE (US), Decibel (AUS), Scenatet (DK), Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (FI) and Nordic Affect (IS) and featured in festivals like Nordic Music Days, Tectonics Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Only Connect, SPOR Festival, Cycle Music and Art Festival, Ultima Festival, Dark Music Days , Sigur Rós’s Norður og Niður Festival, Klang Festival, ISCM’s World New Music Days, Sound of Stockholm and more.

As a performer she has a diverse background, having in the past toured extensively and recorded with acts like Sigur Rós and Björk, as well as being a performer of experimental music. She is also a member of composers' collective S.L.Á.T.U.R. (Artistically Obtrusive Composers Around Reykjavík).

Bergrún holds a master's degree (2017) in composition from Mills College where she studied with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, James Fei and John Bischoff, as well as as well having completed a bachelor’s degree in new media composition (2014) and B.mus in horn (2011) from the Iceland University of the Arts.


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