Torfi Einarsson (1980) was born in Iceland and studied initially
composition at Reykjavik College of Music. He received his Ph.D. in
composition from the University of Huddersfield where he studied with
Aaron Cassidy on the Jonathan Harvey Scholarship. Previous composition
studies were with Fabio Nieder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam,
where he also studied with Richard Ayres and Willem Jeths, graduating
with a MMus degree in 2009. Einar did also study with Beat Furrer at
the Kunstuniversität in Graz. In 2008, he was a composer in residence
at the Ligeti Academy in Amsterdam organized by Asko/Schönberg
Ensemble. He has attended masterclasses and private lessons from a.o.
Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Emmanuel Nunes and Jonathan
His music has been performed by ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, ELISION Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Asko Ensemble, Caput Ensemble, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Holland Symfonia. His music was featured on the International Rostrum of Composers and has been performed and broadcasted in Scandinavia, Netherlands, France, Austria, UK and Germany.
Einar received Artist Stipend (2012, 2013, 2018) from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (Iceland) and has previously received grants from Musica Nova foundation Iceland, Composers Fund 365 and Reykjavik City. During the Dutch Music Days festival 2008 his piece Nine Tensions was awarded the Henriëtte Bosmans Prize. Also a finalist for the Buma Toonzetters Prize 2009, winner in the category: "best ensemble piece". His orchestra piece Apertures was selected for the Young Composers Project 2009 organized by Holland Symfonia and premiered during the Gaudeamus Music Week 2009. A winner in the impuls Composition Competition 2009, which awarded him a commission to write a piece for Klangforum Wien (premiere on impuls 2011). In 2010 Einar was commissioned by the Ensemble Intercontemporain / IRCAM Reading Panel (Tremplin Commission programme) to write a piece for Ensemble Intercontemporain (premiered in Centre Pompidou in 2012).
His music has been performed on festivals such as: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Transit Festival, impuls festival, Dutch Music Days, Nordlichter (Berlin), Gaudeamus Music Week, Time of Music, Dark Music Days, Ung Nordisk Musik and Nordic Music Days.
During 2010-11 he worked as a part-time lecturer in Composition at the University of Huddersfield. He was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music (ORCiM) at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent in 2013-2014, and is currently Professor of Composition at the Iceland University of the Arts.
His recent music focuses experimentally on notation, performance physicality and nonlinear and non-teleological structures (see research).