Composer Thurídur Jónsdóttir studied flute and composition at The Reykjavik College of Music and at the Conservatory of Music in Bologna, Italy where she received her diploma in flute, composition and electronic music. She furthered her education with Franco Donatoni at Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy and with Alessandro Solbiati at Accademia di Novara, Italy. After living and working in Italy for years Jónsdóttir now works in Reykjavik, Iceland where she lives.
Jónsdóttir explores new soundscapes in her compositions. She creates various types of both orchestral pieces and chamber music. Many of her compositions include electronics, or multimedia, others might include extended techniques, theatrical performances, nature sounds or audience participation. In her work different flow can be identified: one is slow, ever-changing and almost organic, the other is mechanical, raw and repetitive. Great opposites are heard when completely different elements come together strong, sharp flares interrupt the slow and delicate flow. Among Jónsdóttir’s renowned compositions are Flutter, concerto for flute which was written for the flute virtuoso Mario Caruli and insect sounds, Flow and Fusion for orchestra and electronic sounds, Red Ring for choir, solo singers and electronic sounds, INNI - musica da camera for baroque violin and infant murmur, Winter for voice and electronic sounds and the accordion concerto Installation Around a Heart which was created for the Norwegian accordion player Geir Draugsvoll and Caput ensemble. Jónsdóttir has also created the multimedia compositions Cock’s egg, Seal Maiden, Lusus Naturae in cooperation with artist Ólöf Nordal and illustrator Gunnar Karlsson.
Compositions by Jónsdóttir have been commissioned and performed by such ensembles as Caput, Ensemble Adapter, FontanaMix and EnsebleMa and by the institutions Radio France, Deutsche Radio and Nomus. Her work has been performed at festivals Présences radio festival in Paris, France, Dark Music Days in Reykjavik, Iceland, Klang Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nordic Music Days, ISCM and New Directions. Jónsdóttir’s compositions have been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards and for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2006, 2010 and 2012. In 2004 her piece Flow and Fusion was selected for The International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.