Fjóla Evans

Friday, February 27th, 2015 - 11:47 am


Fjóla Evans, a composer and cellist originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, writes both electronic and acoustic music. Her works are informed by her cello performance practice, using structures where timbral hierarchy dictates the musical development. Commissions and performances have come from ensembles such as the the JACK Quartet, Bearthoven trio, and the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble. Upcoming projects include commissions from assistant-principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Leana Rutt, Architek Percussion Quartet, and an evening length work for cello and electronics based on Icelandic folk song supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a performer, she has collaborated with ensembles such as Hotel Elefant, Lydia Ainsworth, and the Brooklyn-based ambient project Bing & Ruth. A graduate of McGill University where she studied with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Fjóla recently completed her master’s degree in composition with Prof. Julia Wolfe at NYU Steinhardt. In 2014 Fjóla was the grand-prize winner of GroundSwell’s Emerging Canadian Composers Competition, and collaborated with instrument maker Merche Blasco on a piece for three sopranos and theremin orchestra. She has participated in the Bang on a Can contemporary music festival in Massachusetts, both as a composer and as a cellist.