Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, violin
Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir started the Violin at age five in Reykjavik, Iceland and
completed her soloist’s examination from the Reykjavík College of Music in 1984,
under the tutelage of Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, and received a Bachelor of Music
from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in 1988. Sigrún has participated in a
number of international violin competitions. She placed second in the Leopold
Mozart Competition in 1987, won the bronze medal in the Sibelius Competition
in 1990, and won second prize in the Carl Flesch Competition in 1992. She also
received the Brøste Optimism Prize in 1992.
Sigrún is described by fellow musician Björk Guðmundsdóttur as a force of
nature, and she is mentioned as one of the most interesting violinists of the
future in Henry Roth’s book Violin Virtuosos from Paganini to the 21st Century.
Sigrún has held the position of first concertmaster of the Iceland Symphony
Orchestra since 1998 and has appeared many times as a soloist with the
orchestra. One of the founding members of the Miami String Quartet, she
performed with the group from 1988-1990. She was awarded the Knight’s Cross
of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon for her contribution to Icelandic music in
Sigrún has participated in a number of music festivals, including the Marlboro
Festival in Vermont, the L’Empéri Festival in Aix-en-Provence, the Kuhmo
Festival in Finland, the Sangat Festival in Mumbai, India, the Reykjavík
Midsummer Music Festival in Reykjavík,the Nordisk Kammermusikfestival and
the Fejö Festival in Denmark. She has held recitals at venues around the world,
including Weill Recital Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London, and
appeared throughout China on two concert tours there. She has also performed
numerous times on cruise ships for P&O Cruises, sailing to ports the world over
and she is also a champion of contemporary music and has had a number of new
works written for and dedicated to her.
The Icelandic symphony orchestra has released a cd of live performances of
Sigrun which includes the Brahms,Sibelius,Berg and Dvorak violin concertos.
She was a Guest Concertmaster of the Royal Copenhagen opera in 2012-13.
She was a member of the jury for the Sibelius Violin Competition, held in
Helsinki in December 2015.She has performed with the Nordic concert choir and
an Ensemble from the Nordic countries in Greenland and was a guest
Concertmaster at the Malmö opera in 2016.
She performed the Tchaikofsky violin concerto as a soloist with Dirk Vermulen
and the orchestra Prima la Musica October 2017 in Belgium.
● She has performed in Fejø chamber music Festival and Nordisk
Kammermusik Festival in Denmark summer of 2018 and performed in
Turkey for the first time in a chamber music concert this spring.