Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir — Cello
“Charismatic” (New York Times) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for which the LA Times praised her for her “emotional intensity”. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello, she has performed solo with the Toronto and Iceland Symphonies as well as in some of the world’s greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall.
A versatile artist, the 2014-2015 season includes solo recitals with San Francisco Performances Salons at the Rex and the Embassy Series in Washington, DC, a return to Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions, performances of the Ligeti Concerto with Argento Ensemble, as well as concerts in the US and Europe with the Manhattan Piano Trio.
Sæunn has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Cavani Quartets and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom she has toured.
In addition to working closely with Daníel Bjarnason on his award-winning composition “Bow to String”, she has premiered dozens of works, including new pieces by Peter Schikele, Paul Schoenfield, Jane Antonia Cornish and Kendall Briggs.
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Sæunn lives in New York City. For more information, visit: www.saeunn.com