MasterclassMasterclass Erasmus Duo Einarsdottir- Ström-Harg

9 Maggio 2024
9-11 maggio 2024
giov. 9.05  orario 10.00-13.00 aula 98, 14.00 – 17.00, aula 80
ven.10.05 orario 10.00-13.00 14.00 – 17.00, aula 101
sab. 11.05 orario 10.00 – 14.00, aula 101

Thora Einarsdottir, soprano, is Dean of School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at the Iceland University of the Arts. Thora’s artistic background is in Music and Performing arts. She is a leading Icelandic opera singer with extensive experience in the field. Thora has won numerous awards and honors for her performances. At the Icelandic Music Awards 2016 she was chosen “Singer of the year” for her interpretation of Luonnotar by Sibelius which she sang with the Icelandic Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. She received the same award in 2017 for her performance as Tatiana in Evgeny Onegin at the Icelandic Opera.

Thora studied at the Reykjavik Academy of Singing and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Laura Sarti and graduated from the Guildhall’s Opera Course. She completed a MA degree in Arts Education from Iceland Academy of the Arts. She has received the order „Ridder af Dannebrogsordenen“ from the Queen of Denmark and „Order of the Falcon“ from the president of Iceland for her contribution to music and performing arts.

At the Icelandic Opera Thora sang Tatiana in Anthony Pilavachi’s new production of Eugene Onegin conducted by Benjamin Levi. Her other roles at the Icelandic Opera include: Mimí, Michaela, Gilda, Adina, Pamina, Zerlina and the title role in a new opera by Gunnar Thordarson Ragnheiður. Thora was a member of the ensemble at Staatstheater Wiesbaden form 2000-2008 where here roles included: Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Elmira (Creusus), Cleopatra, Ilia, Pamina, Susanna, Zerlina, Woglinde, Waldvogel, Ortlinde, Marzelline and Ännchen. At Opera North she has sung the roles of Pamina, Nanetta, Susanna, Barbarina and Duende (The Nightingales to blame).

Guest performances in include, Geneva Opera, Théâtre du Capitol Toulouse, Theater Basel, Salzburger Landestheater, Prague National Theater, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Staatstheater Nünberg and Malmö Opera.

Thora has an extensive experience as a Lied and Oratorio singer, and has performed in concerts with, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Essener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Collegium München, and Helskinki Baroque Orchestra and many others.

Thora Einarsdóttir and Katarina Ström-Harg have collaborated and given numerous recitals together in Sweden and Iceland during the last eight years and have recorded works by Katarina Layman for her portrett CD in 2020, Vatterklanger.


Katarina Ström-Harg,  piano, is a well established pianist at the Swedish classical music environment and she has perform ined in countries as the US, UK, France, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Iceland.

She has a tenure position as a professor of interpretation as a collaborative pianist at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She also coaches chamber music groups and is a supervisor for master students who are writing artistic thesis`

As a soloist she has performed concerts with different orchestras among others, such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra /Stockholm and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. She also is a performer of piano recitals and collaborates with many renowned artists, singers as well as instrumentalists.

Since 1988 she has a duo with clarinetist Stefan Harg.In 2018 they made a successful tour to the US: Chicago, Syracuse, City of New York and Minnesota.

Her repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. She has received special acclaims for her interpretations of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart which she combines with contemporary music and with a special love for neglected women composers.

Katarina is also a performer of period piano.She presents workshops on the topic “Ergonomic piano playing” .Katarina is documented on several CD:s ( ( among others the acclaimed CD Arvo Pärt: ”Solo Piano Music”.