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Bára Gísladóttir is an Icelandic composer and double bassist based in Copenhagen. Her work is generally based on thoughts regarding the approach and concept of sound as a living being.

She studied composition at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Her music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as Athelas Sinfonietta, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Distractfold, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, Elja Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble New Babylon, Ensemble recherche, Esbjerg Ensemble, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, loadbang, Marco Fusi, Mimitabu, NJYD, Nordic Affect, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Riot Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet, TAÏGA String Quartet and TAK Ensemble. Bára´s pieces have been selected for festivals such as Dark Music Days, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festical, International Rostrum of Composers, KLANG Festival, Nordic Music Days, TRANSIT Festival and Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik. She has received the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Foundation’s Talent Awards, Léonie Sonning Talent Prize, The Reykjavík Grapevine’s Music Awards, and has been nominated to the Carl Prize as ‘Composer of the year’, the Kraumur Music Awards three times for ‘Album of the year’ and The Icelandic Music Awards three times for ‘Piece of the year’.

Bára has released several albums – HĪBER (Dacapo Records 2020) and Caeli (w/ Skúli Sverrisson, Sono Luminus 2021) to name a few.

Bára is an active performer and regularly plays her own music, mostly solo or with her long time collaborator, Skúli Sverrisson. In addition to this, she is the double bassist of Elja Ensemble. Her works are published by Edition·S.


3000 kr

VÍDDIR (2019–20)
for nine flutes, percussion trio, bass guitar & double bass Dur. 60′

3000 kr

for solo saxophone (tenor and alto), string quintet, three percussionists and electronics 12’

3000 kr

for a slightly amplified string quartet and electronics

3000 kr

for harp and a five string double bass

4000 kr

for voice, flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, violoncello, snare drum and tam-tam

4000 kr

VAPE (2016, rev. 2020) for orchestra
Dur. 12′

1860 kr

the worlds within our petty voids, 2019
Flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello

1850 kr

Rage against reply guy (2021)
for bass clarinet, electric guitar, violin, violoncello, live electronics Dur. 9′6′′

970 kr

NAT (2020)
for SATB choir and double bass Dur. 6′

2595 kr

Music to accompany your sweet splatter dreams (2019)
for sinfonietta Dur. 5′30′′

4000 kr

exaudi (2019–20)
Opera for soprano, tenor, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano
Dur. 35′