Auður Hafsteinsdóttir

Auður Hafsteinsdóttir - violin
Auður Hafsteinsdóttir – violin

Auður studied with Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, at the Reykjavík College of Music, graduating as performing soloist at the age of 17. She continued her studies at the New England Conservatory, and later at the University of Minnesota, completing her Master’s Degree in 1991. Her teachers there were the internationally renowned Almita and Roland Vamos.
Auður has received many awards for her playing. In 1985 she was a recipient of the C.D.Jackson Award for outstanding string player at the Tanglewood International Music Festival and in 1988 she received first prize for the Schubert Club Soloist Competition in Minneapolis. In 1991, Auður won a competition to represent Iceland at the Festival for Young Scandinavian Soloists in Finland, and also in 1991, she received a three-year stipend from the City of Reykjavík. In 1996, Auður was awarded a three-year stipend by the Icelandic government.
Auður has appeared both as soloist and chamber-musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, Japan and China. She is a founder member of Trio Nordica and also works regularly with a string quartet. Auður’s playing has featured on numerous CDs both in Iceland and abroad.