An exploration of the life and music of one of the most distinctive voices in European music today, in the intimate setting of the Library of The Red House, Aldeburgh.

Dr Lucy Walker will host a "live listen" of a Discovery Session podcast about Anna Thorvaldsdottir, followed by a Q&A discussion. The conversation will dive into details of Anna’s musical life and significant achievements, in the cosy setting of Benjamin Britten's former library.

Thorvaldsdottir has carved her own corner in contemporary music by creating symphonic works of sustained brilliance

The Times

About Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s (b. 1977) “seemingly boundless textural imagination” (NY Times) and striking sound world has made her “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music” (NPR). Her music is composed as much by sounds and nuances as by harmonies and lyrical material – it is written as an ecosystem of sounds, where materials continuously grow in and out of each other, often inspired in an important way by nature and its many qualities, in particular structural ones, like proportion and flow.

Anna’s “detailed and powerful” (Guardian) orchestral writing has garnered her awards from the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, the Nordic Council, and the UK’s Ivors Academy, as well as commissions by many of the world’s top orchestras. CATAMORPHOSIS was premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko in January 2021, following the orchestra’s European premiere of METACOSMOS with Alan Gilbert in 2019.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is one of the featured artists in the 2023 Aldeburgh Festival.

Click here to watch a video of Anna Thorvaldsdottir explaining her relationship with music and creative process.

The Iceland-born composer has become recognised as one of the most distinctive voices in European music today

Andrew Clements, The Guardian