Örnólfur Eldon Þórsson (b. 1992) finished his Bachelor’s degree in composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2015. He studied mainly with Prof. Atli Ingólfsson. Since 2016, he is studying in the Master’s program at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover under Prof. Ming Tsao, Joachim Heintz and Gordon Williamson.
In 2017, along with the trombonist Marie Nøkleby Hanssen, he received the Klaus Huber Kompositionspreis for his composition square without corners. He has received grants from Composers’ fund of RÚV, the Musica Nova-fund and from RANNÍS for working on his compositions.
He has furthermore done research on the pioneers of modern music in Iceland, Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013) and Jón Nordal (1926-), with funding from RANNÍS and the Halldór Hansen Fund .
In 2014/15, he spent a semester on exchange in Tallinn at EMTA where he studied with Helena Tulve.
In recent years, he has been involved in opera productions of contemporary Icelandic composers such as UR_ by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir as production assistant/performer and Njal’s Saga by Prof. Atli Ingólfsson as performer.
square without corners (2017)
For trombone & live-electronics (5 channels)
“fang wu yu. // The greatest square has no corners.”
“da yin xi sheng. // The greatest music has no sound.”
–Dao de Jing (#41, 17./19.), Laozi