New Music for Strings
Composer-Performer Workshop
Iceland 2019


August 9-15, 2019


The New Music for Strings Festival Iceland invites you to join our composition and performance faculty for our second annual composer-performer workshop. The collaborative workshop, from August 9-15, 2019, consists of many new music concerts, as well as seminars, masterclasses, and meet-up groups focusing on topics germane to composers and performers of new string music. The program is aimed primarily at graduate and professional level performers and composers. All participants will enjoy one-on-one collaboration with faculty and fellow composers / performers. Each of the composer participants will be offered readings of their work and performers will perform alongside NMFS faculty and artists.

This year, our program is expanded with the addition of new partner organizations, including the Harpa International Music Academy (HIMA). The workshop is part of the NMFS Contemporary Music Institute at HIMA, a new larger area-of-study presented jointly by the festivals of the two organizations. For this reason, participants can enjoy many of the vibrant activities associated with two simultaneous festivals, such as many concerts and valuable networking interactions—all outside of the workshop itself. Many events which occur at Iceland’s premiere venue, Harpa Hall, and other iconic new-music destination venues in Reykjavík, such as the artist collective, Mengi.



Currently, our confirmed performance faculty include the following, with more to be announced:

Eugene Drucker (Emerson String Quartet) - violin, chamber music

Mari Kimura (UC Irvine, Juilliard) - violin, composition, interactive electronics

Henrik Brendstrup (Royal Academy of Music Aarhus) - cello, chamber music

Composition faculty will be announced shortly. Our former faculty have included a number of Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award -winning artists, and many associated with the major conservatories of Europe and US.   

Stay Tuned!

Please stay tuned for application materials, our full faculty list, costs, scholarship information, and an overview of expected daily schedules to be announced shortly!

For more immediate inquiries about the program, please email .