PROFESSION

Since 2015, Tónverkamiðstöð has been responsible for the innovation project Yrkja, which is a collaborative project between the center and various cultural institutions. The purpose of the project is to prepare new composers for work in a professional environment with bands, festivals and other art institutions.

In 2020, Ung-Yrkja was founded, for composers who are still studying. In other respects, the purpose of the project is the same as in Yrkja.

Since the first Yrkjun was launched, many have  of new composers  had the opportunity to work with well-known music groups, festivals and cultural institutions. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has been the main collaborator of the project, but the composers have also worked in Yrkja with Mengi and with the music groups Nordic Affect and Jaðarberi.  

 

The composers compose  compositions that are premiered at a special Yrkja concert. Composers are encouraged to develop their working methods and work  under  under the guidance of so-called mentors who have been many of our best-known musicians, including Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Daníel Bjarnason, Hugi Guðmundsson, Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir and Skúli Sverrisson.

The RÚV and STEF Composers' Fund has supported Yrkja.

Below is an overview that shows who has been involved in the Completed Project.

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UNG-YRKJA (2020-2021)

Katrín Helga Ólafsdóttir

I gave him a book (with only blank pages)

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA V (2019-2020)

Sigurður Árni Jónsson

Illusions of Explanatory Depth

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA IV (2018-2019)

Haukur Þór Harðarson

Memory's Wavering Echo

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA II (2016-2017)

Tómas Manoury

Yrkjum

Skúli Sverrisson

Mengi

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YRKJA I (2015-2016)

Georg Kári Hilmarsson

Treatise on Light

Hugi Guðmundsson

Nordic Affect

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UNG-YRKJA (2020-2021)

Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi

Anemos

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA V (2019-2020)

Eygló

Lo and Behold

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA III (2017-2018)

Veronique Vaka

Rift

Daníel Bjarnason

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA II (2016-2017)

Þráinn Hjálmarsson

Perpendicular, Slightly Tilted

Daníel Bjarnason

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA I (2015-2016)

Berglind María Tómasdóttir

Jaðarber hefur hæfileika

Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir

Jaðarber

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UNG-YRKJA (2020-2021)

Hjalti Nordal

Guð er humar

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA IV (2018-2019)

Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir

O

Anna Þorvaldsdóttir

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA III (2017-2018)

Gísli Magnússon

Akvocirkulado

Daníel Bjarnason

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA II (2016-2017)

Finnur Karlsson

Strik

Daníel Bjarnason

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands

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YRKJA I (2015-2016)

Gunnar Karel Másson

Brim

Daníel Bjarnason

Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands