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ASF Fellows Concert Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir


THUMAR 7—7:30 PM
$20 ($15 ASF Members)

Icelandic cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir, an ASF fellow, joins us for a performance with pianist Tomomi Sato of works by Boccherini, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff.

The program includes Luigi Boccherini’s Sonata for Cello in G major, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19.


Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir is an Icelandic-American cellist born in 1994. She holds degrees from the Reykjavík College of Music and Northwestern University. She has been the recipient of various awards including The Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship Award from the Musicians Club of Women, The Evanston Music Club Scholarship Award and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Award. She recently received awards from the Valitor Foundation in Reykjavík and the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York. In 2013 she was featured as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. She has recently performed solo recitals in the U.S., Iceland, and Holland and performed as a soloist with the Ungfónía Youth Orchestra in Iceland in 2017.

Geirþrúður served as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago during their 2017-18 season and was a member of Quartet Amí, a string quartet founded at Northwestern. They were recently first prize winners at the 2017 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition and the 2017 Dover String Quartet Competition. They also performed as the quartet-in-residence at the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival in June 2017.

An eager performer of contemporary repertoire, she has performed with the Axiom Ensemble, the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Northwestern and Ensemble Dal Niente, and collaborated composers such as Steve Reich and Hans Thomalla. Her passion for chamber music and contemporary repertoire lead her to co-found the Elja Ensemble, an Icelandic chamber collective dedicated to innovative programming and performance. Geirþrúður recently started her master’s degree at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studies with Natasha Brofsky. Geirþrúður plays on a Pierre Silvestre cello from 1857.

Japanese pianist Tomomi Sato enjoys her diverse career as a highly solo and collaborative pianist and pedagogue of various genres, ranging from classical to jazz and global popular music. A prizewinner of 2013 Seattle International Piano Competition, Tomomi has performed in the US, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. Her recent engagements include a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, a broadcasted solo recital at LACMA’s Bing Theater as a part of their Sunday’s Live Series.

Dedicated to community outreach, Tomomi is passionate about performing to the audience outside of regular concertgoers. She is a festival artist at Mellon Music Festival, whose mission is to make classical music concerts more accessible in Davis, CA and has served as Artist Faculty at Classical Music Institute in San Antonio TX teaching music to children in underprivileged neighborhoods. As a fellow, she has attended a number of festivals include the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Centrum Chamber Music Workshop in Port Townsend, WA, Dino Ciani Festival and Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, California Institute of Music in Engers, Germany, among others. Tomomi also currently serves as a staff pianist at the Juilliard School’s College and Pre-College division and regularly works with renowned violinist Midori. During 2018-2019 season, she collaborates with emerging young artists in concert series including Tri-County in Philadelphia and WQXR midday masterpieces in New York City.

Currently based in New York City, Tomomi is pursuing her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Jonathan Feldman, Lydia Brown, and Brian Zeger. She holds a Bachelor and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and received the Keyboard Studies Departmental Award for both degrees, given to the most outstanding graduate. Her past teachers include Bernadene Blaha, Dr. Mark Sullivan, and Kazuko Yasukawa.