Bio for program notes

Hugi Gudmundsson (Iceland, 1977) studied composition at Reykjavik College of Music. In 2005 he finished a Masters degree in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music where he studied with Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen among others. He finished a second Master’s degree (electronic music, Institute of Sonology, The Netherlands) spring 2007.

Hugi Gudmundsson has been nominated twelve times for the Icelandic Music Awards and received the award in 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2008. Most recently for his opera Hamlet in Absentia. In January 2015 he received the most prestigious award given to Icelandic artists, the Optimism Award, awarded by the president of Iceland.

Among international recognitions are two nominations for the Nordic Council Music Prize. He has represented Iceland twice at the International Rostrum of Composers and both times he reached the jury shortlist; in 2006 with Eq. IV: Windbells and in 2010 with Handelusive which also got nominated for the ISCM Young Composer Award in 2011. He won the first prize at the Nordic Music Days composition competition “Fairy Tales in Music” in 2013 for The Deacon of Dark River, which has subsequently been performed in 4 languages. In 2017 Hamlet in Absentia was one of only three nominated works for the Reumert Awards as “Opera of the Year” in Denmark and in 2018 it got nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize.

Gudmundsson’s works have been featured at many international festivals such as Musicarama in Hong Kong, ISCM in Croatia, MATA festival in New York and several times at Nordic Music Days, to name but a few.

Hugi Gudmundsson lives and works full-time as a composer in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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