About

Icelandic violinist Sólveig Steinþórsdóttir grew up in Reykjavík and started playing the violin at the age of three at the Allegro Suzuki Music  School in Reykjavík, with teacher Lilja Hjaltadóttir.

Later she studied at the Reykjavík Music School, with Guðný Guðmundsdóttir. In the fall of 2014 she started her violin studies at the University of Arts in Berlin, where she studied with Erika Geldsetzer. She finished her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction, in early 2019. Since February 2019 she is a Master student at the Zurich University of the Arts, in the class of Prof. Rudolf Koelman.

She has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Iceland, Germany, Switzerland and appeared in various festivals, including the Bodensee Festival and Icelandic Chamber Music Festival in Kópavogur.

She has been featured as a Soloist with Orchestra in Iceland, Switzerland and Italy, including works as the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saëns and Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate.

She has also taken great interest in early music performance, and is having lessons on the baroque violin as a second subject at ZHdK, with Monika Baer, and performed for the first time as a baroque violinist at the Bogenspiel – Festival Alte Musik Zürich, in September 2019.

She is also a founding member of Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic Chamber Orchestra founded in 2017.

She has received scholarships from the Valitor Foundation in Reykjavík, the Rotary Foundation in Iceland, the Ingjaldssjóður Scholarship of the University of Iceland, the Jón Stefánsson Memorial Foundation, Stiftung Lyra and Fondation ZHdK.

Sólveig plays on an Icelandic violin, by violin maker Hans Johannsson, made in 2011.