Þráinn Hjálmarsson - Þráinn Hjálmarsson is a part of a generation of composers that not only composes music but involves to his creative work, lecturing, artistic direction, festival directing and project managing for various projects surrounding contemporary music and as well reaching within the field of visual art.

His music has been described by as "introvert, a bit ambient, beautifully made, [and ] delicate." Often fantasizing on the influence of "instruments" on musical expression, using video notation with limited "musical vocabulary" or even imagining how musical ideas would have developed through history without the dialogue of instruments with grand hall acoustics.

Hjalmarsson's music has been performed by ensembles worldwide on various occasion by groups such as Uusinta ensemble (FI), Athelas sinfonietta (DK), Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir, Klang Ensemble (NL), Ensemble Adapter (D/IS), Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra to name a few.

Currently residing in Reykjavík, running the concert series, Hljóðön (e. Phonemes) dedicated to new music at Hafnarborg art center and developing the musical instrument Þránófónn (e. Thranophone), a feedback instrument based on acoustic resonance in various (complex/simple) cavities.

Contact: thrainn.hja [@] gmail.com


Upcoming performances:

3rd of June 2014 - Dogstar Orchestra performs Sculpture #3 at Curve Line Space in Los Angeles in relation to the their concert series.

8th of June 2014 - Icelandic premiere of (MMXIV) miss en scene - by Ensemble Adapter at FRUM-festival in Reykjavík, Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús at 20.

17th of June - EDGES ensemble performs Meander: Monody etudes in Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

23rd of August - Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir performs Svíta for Toy Piano at the American Embassy in Iceland, during the Reykjavík Culture Night.

4th of October 2014 - World premiere of the Orchestra work, As heard across a room, performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at City Halls, Glasgow. Book ticket online.

11th of October 2014 - Premiere of Study on timbre by Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson, clarinetist, at Sláturtíð 2014 music festival at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús.

12th of November 2014 - Performance of Sculpture #3 by students of James Saunders at Bath Spa University at Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University, UK.

19th of November 2014 - Performance of Persona by Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, viola player, at Reykjavík Art Museum - Hafnarhús, Iceland. The concert is part of Jaðarber (e. Perripherryberry) - concert series.

27th of March 2015 - Premiere of Grisaille for flute choir, perfumed by Icelandic flute ensemble at the Nordic House, Reykjavík.

16th of April 2015 - Premiere of the work Kúakyn í hættu by the visual artist Magnús Pálsson, arranged by Þráinn Hjálmarsson for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra . Written for the Tectonics 2015 Reykjavík Festival

May 2015 - Premiere of a new work for Halldorophone, premiered in Reykjavík, Iceland

August 2015 - Premiere/opening of a new installation made in collaboration with visual artist Sigurður Guðjónsson at Cycle 2015 - Art and Music Festival

July 2015 - Premiere of a new work for Viola d'amore by Marco Fusi in Reykjavík, Iceland

5th of September 2015 - Decibel new music ensemble performs y = f(x) in Australia, arranged for bass flute and bass clarinet.


15th of November 2014 - Ingi Garðar Erlendsson's solo recital on Thranophone in Mengi, Concert Hall, Óðinsgata 2, 101 Reykjavík.

Upcoming releases:

May 2015 - Publishing Method for Thranophones, a guide to build and perform on the instrument Thranophone


Study for 2 resonant spaces

Video work, made in collaboration with visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson

Duration: 5' looped video
Setup: Monitor display showing with headphones or 2 channel PA system

An excerpt from the work - To gain access to the whole work for perusal use, please contact via e-mail above

As heard across a room
Orchestra work - premiered by BBC SSO on October 4th 2014.

Duration: 11'
Setup: - 3 percussion, timpani-

Influence of buildings on musical tone - work for vln., vla., vlc., db., perc., perc.
Duration: 10'

Recording of a performance by members of Icelandic Symphony Orchestra at Eldborg Hall, Harpa Reykjavík, April 18th 2013 - Recording from the national radio broadcast.

Influence of buildings on musical tone - EXCERPT - First 6 pages

MMXIII - work for cl., hrn., perc., vln., vla., db.
Duration: 5'

Recording of a performance by Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra at Harpa Concert Hall, February 2013 - Recording from the national radio broadcast

y = f(x) - work for 2 bass flutes - uses animated notation
Duration: 10'

The animated notation with a recording from the premiere - Hafnarhús at Sláturtíð 2012 Music Festival, October 2012

y=f(x) - Video from a performance of the work

Thranophone sound example - Excerpt from a performance given by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson in Mengi 15th of November 2014.

Performing on Thranophone #2 with Tuba as a resonance cavity

On Thranophones - More on the instrument