Author: Arngerður María Árnadóttir

Composer, Organist, Choir director and Band member

Two organ pieces premiered

Two organ pieces, commissioned by Guðný Einarsdóttir organist in November, were premiered by her in November. Guðný played the pieces “Birting” and “Eyland” on the newly renovated organ at Háteigskirkja, Reykjavík. She has already recorded both pieces and they will be published in 2023.


December 5, 2022 0

Umbra on tour

Last couple of months have been quite busy for Umbra. First it was NOMEMUS medieval festival in Söderköping, Sweden, then Strasbourg playing in the Europe Council Hemicycle. Last night we played at Hurra, Reykjavík as a part of Vévaki release concert.


November 14, 2022 0

Premiere “Ave Maria” for SATB

My latest piece for SATB choir was premiered on the 1st of June 2022 at Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík by Dómkórinn (Reykjavík Cathedral Choir.


August 30, 2022 0

Umbra new album out now

The fourth album of Umbra was released on the 1st of May 2023. The album contains in total 16 tracks; folk songs and ballads – including both original compositions and arrangements of old tunes from old written transcriptions or tape recordings.


August 30, 2022 0

Premiere “Gekk ég í gljúfrið dökkva”

The Icelandic Voces Thules premiered the piece “Gekk ég í gljúfrið dökkva” for flute, celtic harp, hurdy gurdy, percussion and vocals on the 5th of April 2023.


August 30, 2022 0

Umbra records a new album

Umbra recorded their fourth album in Reykholtskirkja on the 9th – 12th of September. This album’s focus is on the Icelandic folk music heritage and will be out next spring.  


October 15, 2021 0

Stirni ensemble recording

In the beginning of September the wonderful Icelandic ensemble Stirni ensemble (soprano, flute, guitar and clarinet) recorded a piece of mine called “Sól ek sá” for their upcoming album, due in 2022.


October 15, 2021 0

“Í svörtum himingeimi” – performed in Helsinki by Umbra

Umbra performed my hymn “Í svörtum himingeimi” at the Nordic Church Music Symposium in Helsinki on the 29th of August 2021.


October 15, 2021 0

Master degree in Composition – BROT

I graduated from The Iceland University of the Arts in June 2021 with a Master degree in Composition. My final project “BROT” for chamber orchestra, was premiered by Caput ensemble on the 1st of May. Here is a link to the video recording available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLXTVoNC30g


October 15, 2021 0

Premiere of a new chamber piece

“Pange lingua”, for mezzo-soprano, violin, clarinet, bassoon and organ, was commissioned by clarinet player Grímur Helgason and premiered in Háteigskirkja on the 1st of April 2021. A recording is under Audio.  


October 15, 2021 0