Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir

Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir - cello
Bryndís Halla Gylfadóttir – cello

Bryndís Halla is principal cellist in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

After studying cello at the Reykjavík College of Music, where Gunnar Kvaran was one of her teachers, she went on to the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she was taught by Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser. She completed the bachelor’s degree in 1987, and the master’s degree two years later. She took private lessons in Amsterdam for some time after her stay in America, returning to Iceland in the autumn of 1990, in order to assume the position in the orchestra.

Bryndís Halla has performed Icelandic contemporary music widely. She received a grant awarded to artists by the Icelandic Ministry of Culture from 1993-96. Bryndís Halla was awarded first prize in the performing artists’ section of Tónvakinn, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service’s music competition in 1992, the first year this event was held.