Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir: Vernacular
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Label: Sono Luminus
Cat No: DSL92229
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th March 2019
48 Images of the Moon
ArtistsSaeunn Thorsteinsdottir (cello)
“There is also an appreciation of silence and economy of expression in Icelandic culture that I find comforting and fascinating. This project is a compilation of pieces by composers that not only share my mother-tongue and culture, in language and music, but also bring their unique perspective and expression in their compositions.
“From the moment that I played Solitaire for the first time, I felt a connection, not only to the music but also beyond the music. The more recent pieces are collaborations with Halldór, Páll and Ţuríđur and I couldn’t have asked for more generous artists to come into my life and allow me to explore my voice through their music.
“This project has stretched me and challenged me in ways that I couldn’t begin to comprehend, a homecoming of sorts in my musical life and I have many people to thank for making it happen.”
Icelandic-American cellist, Sćunn Thorsteinsdóttir, enjoys a varied career as a performer, collaborator and educator. She has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Iceland Symphony, among others, and her recital and chamber music performances have taken her to many of the world’s prestigious halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Elbphilharmonie and the Barbican Centre. The press have described her playing as “charismatic” and “riveting” (NYTimes) and praised her performances for their “emotional intensity” (LATimes). Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Sćunn serves on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, teaching cello and chamber music and she is cellist and founding member of Decoda, Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.
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