RAGNHEIÐUR ERLA Björnsdóttir
Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir is an Icelandic composer, poet and singer based in Reykjavík. She has recently completed a masters degree in Creative Writing at the University of Iceland. Prior to that she graduated with a BA degree in composition under the guidance of Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2016. She recently finished an exchange programme at the University of Aberdeen. She started her musical studies at the age of four in Musikalische früherziehung für Kinder in Hanover, Germany. While growing up she explored the worlds of different instruments as she played the violin, the trombone and the flute. At the age fifteen she began to study the voice with Heiða Árnadóttir. Ragnheiður composes for various platforms. At the moment she is composing a film score for a new Icelandic film by Sigurður Anton Friðþjófsson, writing a libretto for a children’s opera that will be composed by Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson for Dark Music Days Festival 2019. She is also a regular performer at the Icelandic Poetry Brothel. For the past four summers she has worked in Austria teaching in an international music camp created by the Lions International. Ragnheiður is a member of the ensemble Hlökk, together with Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir and Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir. In January 2018 they performed new pieces at the Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland, and are currently preparing to release their first album in 2019.