Born in Reykjavik, Iceland EDDA
ERLENDSDÓTTIR studied at the Music College of Reykjavik and at the
Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris with Pierre Sancan.
She also studied with Marie Françoise Bucquet. In 1990 she became Laureate
of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Paris.
Edda Erlendsdóttir has given numerous concerts and participated in important festivals in Iceland, France and most European countries. She has been on concert tours in the United States, Russia, Ukrania and China. She has played as a solist with orchestras conducted by Leif Segerstam, Larry Newland, Petri Sakari and Kurt Kopecky among others.
Her repertoire spans the first works written for the pianoforte through contemporary works and she has premiered several pieces specially written for her. She is particularly devoted to composers such as C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Schoenberg and Berg.
Her passion for chamber music led her to be the founder and artistic
director for fifteen years of the chamber music festival in
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, south east Iceland.
She plays with with many ensembles including Tempo di Tango, which features six classical musicians and bandoneon player Olivier Manoury.
Edda Erlendsdóttir has recorded many programs for radio and television,
including several recitals broadcast directly on radio France Musique and
the Icelandic national radio.
She has published CDs of piano music by C.P.E. Bach., Edvard Grieg, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg and Berg.
Her CD's with cellist Bryndis Halla Gylfadottir featuring works by Enescu, Janacek, Kodaly Martinu and Haydn Concerti, with the Icelandic National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kurt Kopecky obtained both the Icelandic Music Award.
Her last CD Three sonatas from 1817 by Schubert was released in 2021.
All CDs of Edda Erlendsdóttir are published on her own label and distributed by
Besides her career as a soloist and chamber music performer Edda Erlendsdóttir taught at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon from 1983 to 1994 and at the Conservatoire de Versailles from 1996 to 2016.
She is currently teaching at the Iceland University of the Arts .