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Icelandic Composer Gets Nordic Council Music Prize

Classical musician Anna Þorvaldsdóttir will be the fifth Icelander to receive the Nordic Council Music Prize at a ceremony in Helsinki in November, as announced yesterday. She earned the prize for her composition Dreymi.


Anna Þorvaldsdóttir. Photo by Hrafn Ásgeirsson. Source:

The jury concluded that Dreymi opens the world of the symphony orchestra in an unusual and innovative manner. Its beginning and end is considered to have a timeless quality, forming a cycle reminiscent of Norse mythology and the mysticism of nature, reports.

“It is of course a great recognition and amazing but still a little unrealistic,” Anna said of the honor. Nature is an important factor in her music. “That is where the inspiration comes from but the music comes from the inside, naturally.”

Anna has written music since she was a child. “I always remember myself making songs and when I was I started writing music in notes. Since then I haven’t been able to stop and music just took over my life.”

The prize money is DKK 350,000 (ISK 7.6 million, USD 59,000, EUR 47,000) and will be granted to Anna at the ceremony in November.

Click here to read more about the jury’s conclusion.


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