Tinna Thorsteinsdottir

Tinna was an artist in residence at S12 during May 2014

Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir has a broad experience with new music and has premiered around 80 piano works especially written for her in recent years. She works on a regular basis with numerous Icelandic composers, is active in the Icelandic experimental music scene and has worked on solo works with artists such as Helmut Lachenmann, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Peter Ablinger, Morton Subotnick, Lars Graugaard, Cory Arcangel and Mme Yvonne-Loriod Messiaen. Educated as a classical pianist Tinna plays all the different styles of the piano repertoire, although 21st century music is her main passion. Prepared piano, electronics, toy piano, theatre pieces and performance works often show up on her programs. In recent years Tinna has mainly been active as a performance artist, making soundscapes and performance works as well as being an active improviser.

Collaborations with other artforms include a.o. her performance in the video work Constitution of the Republic of Iceland by artist duo Ólafur Ólafsson and Libia Castro and composer Karólína Eiríksdóttir, which was showcased at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2014 Tinna was resident at the glass gallery S12 in Bergen, Norway, where she created the glass piano sculpture and performance work Cry Piano with glass artist Alli Hoag. The same year she was the curator of the large-scale art and performance exhibition Piano at Reykjavik Arts Festival, where she performed Annea Lockwood´s Piano Transplants a.o.