Icelandic Piano Music at the Foundling Museum

Pianist Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir will give a lunch recital at the Foundling Museum in London on June 17th, the Icelandic National Day. She will be playing Icelandic works by composers Jón Leifs, Mist Þorkelsdóttir, Hilmar Þórðarson, Karólína Eiríksdóttir and Þorsteinn Hauksson. The recital is part of a series with Icelandic musicians held at the museum this concert season. The conert starts at 1 pm.

Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir already has a broad experience with new music and has premiered around 30 pieces especially written for her in the last few years. She has worked with numerous Icelandic composers, as well as Helmut Lachenmann, Christian Wolff, Morton Subotnick, Evan Ziporyn and Greg Davis. Tinna has given concerts all over the world during the last few years, a.o. at the Nordischer Klang festival in Germany, in Berlin at the Nordic Embassies, in Beijing, at the Bergen International Festival in the series Young Platform at the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, the GL Strand Museum in Copenhagen and at Autunno Musicale Music Festival in Italy. Further performances include the Bang on a Can Marathon in San Francisco, solo performances at the Messiaen Festival in Stavanger in Norway, in Portugal, Austria, Boston and Paris. Tinna studied in Hannover and Münster in Germany before taking on further studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Stephen Drury, where she completed her Graduate Diploma. She received a Fulbright scholarship and the Thor Thors grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and has three times received an Artist Stipend from the Icelandic State. Tinna has participated in several courses, among them interpretation of 20th century music and baroque music, with pianists such as Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Peter Hill, Håkon Austbø and Pierre Réach. Tinna is the pianist of the salon band L'amour fou and new music group Njúton. Her first solo CD Granit Games with Icelandic piano music was released in 2007 with Bad Taste Records.

The Foundling museum has two principle collections: the Foundling collection and the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, which relates to the life and work of the composer George Frideric Handel. The collection was assembled by Gerald Coke and includes manuscripts, printed books and music, ephemera, coins, medals and art works from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The Coke Collection is the largest privately held collection of Handel material and a major international research collection. It was permanently allocated to the Foundling Museum by the British Government in December 2008.

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