- Marek Podhajski
(b Reykjavík, Jan 10, 1951). Icelandic composer and teacher. She graduated as a piano teacher in 1974 from the Reykjavík College of Music, where she also studied composition with Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1971–3). She completed her education at the University of Michigan both in music history and musicology (MM 1976) and in composition, studying with William Albright (MM 1978). She has taught at the Reykjavík College of Music (1979–89 and from 1995) and at the Kópavogur Music School (1979–84). Vice-chair of the board of the Icelandic Society of Composers (1988–91, and from 1995), she was chair of the board of the Iceland Music Information Centre (1983–8).
As a composer she seeks to adapt her technical and expressive means to the needs of each individual work, and from this arises the great stylistic variety of her music. Every possible sound is considered as a creative inspiration. In this way she manifests her opposition to conventional compositional thinking and reveals her search for new aesthetic and technical means which are representative of her time. The first period of her output, from ...