Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra Managing Director, Arna Einarsdóttir, discusses how the UNDISRUPTED project is intended for a wide audience, in essence, throwing open the doors of the orchestral experience!
Former Managing Director, NAC Orchestra
Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir has been at the forefront of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She first served as the orchestra’s concerts director, and in 2013 was appointed as managing director. In that role, she has been responsible for the organization meeting its overall artistic and financial goals and objectives. The Iceland Symphony Orchestra is the national symphony orchestra of Iceland and the only professional orchestra in the country. It employs more than 110 individuals and performs more than 100 concerts and activities per season. In 2011, the orchestra moved into a new concert hall, Harpa, which has become one of Reykjavík’s landmarks and has more than two million visitors a year. Before moving into management, Arna played second flute with the orchestra from 2000–2004 and had a successful career as a flutist, both in Iceland as well as in England. Arna holds a master’s degree in Cultural Management from Bifröst University in Iceland; a Soloist Performance Exam from Reykjavík Music College in Iceland; a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England; and a Professional Performance degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Arna has three children aged 26, 14 and nine and is married to graphic designer Hilmar Þorsteinn Hilmarsson.