Halldór Smárason was born in the town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, on the 3rd of March 1989. He commenced his musical studies at the age of 7 at the Ísafjörður Music School and completed an Advanced Level Piano Examination in the spring of 2009 concurrently with his collage graduation. Following his graduation Halldór enrolled in the Icelandic Academy of the Arts where he graduated in the spring of 2012. In April 2012, Halldór received a Fulbright grant for his upcoming graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, where he currently studies classical composition with Dr. Reiko Füting. Through the years his main teachers include Sigríður Ragnarsdóttir, Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson and Atli Ingólfsson.
Halldór has been honored with several awards and commissions. In 2012, he was commissioned to write a piece for the Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra and in 2011 he was chosen from a group of applicants to compose an oboe quartet for Ensemble ACJW, premiered at the music festival Við Djúpið. In 2010, Reykjavík’s Trio premiered a new work by Halldór that won first prize in their call for scores. Halldór received his most recent award in February 2013, when his piece, Stara, was selected as the winning submission of the Manhattan Prize, Manhattan School of Music’s string quartet composition competition.
Through the years Halldór has performed both privately and publicly on numerous occasions as a soloist or as part of various groups. In addition to performances, Halldór has lent his talent to recordings of musical CD’s.