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Einarsdóttir, Gunnhildur (Harp)

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir started studying the harp at the age of 13 in Iceland. After high-school graduation, she continued her studies with Brigitte Sylvestre at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and later with Sioned Williams, principal harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. She went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction and a Master of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where her teacher was the renowned harpist and pedagogue Erika Waardenburg. During her studies in Holland, Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir specialized in the performance of contemporary music but also attended classes in early harp performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she learned to play the Italian triple harp under the guidance of Christina Pluhar. In December 2013 Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir received her Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her thesis is a manual for composers on contemporary harp notation and technique. The thesis is published on-line at: www.harpnotation.com


Together with percussionist Matthias Engler, Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir founded Ensemble Adapter in 2004. Ensemble Adapter is a German-Icelandic ensemble for contemporary music based in Berlin. Adapter is a regular guest at all major Nordic and European festivals for contemporary music and produces and co-produces larger interdisciplinary projects. Recent projects include the concert series Rotation in Berlin, a co-operation with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and a cd-production of music by Franco Donatoni in co-operation with the SWR and Deutschlandradio.


Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir has premiered a large number of solo and chamber music for harp and continues to encourage composers to write for the harp in innovative ways.
Since 2010 Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir is a member of the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, an acoustic techno band, and has toured major pop-music festivals in Europe, USA and the United Kingdom.

This summer is the second time Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir offers a harp-interpretation course  at the Darmstadt summer courses. This year a special focus will be on new solo repertoire and interdisciplinary pieces for harp. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces involving video, electronics, and extended playing techniques. For example:  Simon Steen-Andersen: The history of my instrument, Georges Aperghis: Fidelité, Sarah Nemtsov: A deux, Marc Andre: Un-Fini I. Additionally, standard contemporary repertoire, both solo and chamber music is very welcome. Participants who want to work on ensemble pieces will be assisted in finding chamber music partners. In addition to working on new repertoire participants will be offered workshops on amplification and extended techniques. Finally, participants will be invited to take part in the harp-composition workshop, where composers and harpists work together on short new pieces or etudes for Harp.

 

Besides her harp-interpretation workshop Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir will present the results of her extensive research and experience with harp playing techniques and notation in an open lecture. Furthermore, she will be present in different formats and presentations as a dialogue partner for the Summer Course composers.

Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir started studying the harp at the age of 13 in Iceland. After high-school graduation, she continued her studies with Brigitte Sylvestre at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and later with Sioned Williams, principal harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. She went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction and a Master of Music Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where her teacher was the renowned harpist and pedagogue Erika Waardenburg. During her studies in Holland, Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir specialized in the performance of contemporary music but also attended classes in early harp performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she learned to play the Italian triple harp under the guidance of Christina Pluhar. In December 2013 Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir received her Doctor of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her thesis is a manual for composers on contemporary harp notation and technique. The thesis is published on-line at: www.harpnotation.com

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