College of Cincinnati Faculty-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Appoints New Cello Professor


Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir arrives on the College of Cincinnati Faculty-Conservatory of Music (CCM) from a instructing function on the College of Washington, the place she is at the moment Affiliate Professor and Chair of the Strings Division.

As a soloist, Thorsteinsdóttir has appearanced with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Iceland Symphony, amongst others. She has additionally given recitals at a few of the world’s foremost venues, together with Carnegie Corridor, London’s Barbican Heart, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

Thorsteinsdóttir additionally has an in depth discography — her disc Vernacular, an album of Icelandic music for solo cello, was launched in 2019, and she or he has additionally not too long ago recorded Quake, a cello concerto that was written for her by Páll Ragnar Pálsson. She is at the moment engaged on a recording of the entire Bach cello suites, which is due for launch in early 2023.

As well as, Thorsteinsdóttir is an advocate of up to date music, and particularly of Icelandic composers. She premiered works by Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, and Melia Watras, in addition to giving the US premiere of Betsy JolasWanderlied and the Hong Kong premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Canticle of the Solar.

“Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir is an award-winning performer and an equally completed educator,” stated Stanley E. Romanstein, CCM’s Dean.

“She will probably be a beautiful addition to CCM’s school and Cincinnati’s arts neighborhood. I wish to thank the members of our search committee — which was co-chaired by Rachel Calin and Received-Bin Yim, and likewise included James Bunte, Amit Even-Tov, Aik Khai Pung and Sandra Rivers — for his or her wonderful work.”