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Music has been a part of Eydís Evensen’s life from a very early age. Now a classically-trained pianist and post-classical composer, she started taking piano lessons at the age of six in her hometown of Blönduós, and composed her very first piece of music on the instrument – about a storm that was raging outside – when she was seven. She kept taking lessons and, after moving to Reykjavik, realised she wanted to use music to help make the world a better place, even recording a CD when she was just 13 to raise money for an African children’s charity. After graduating from Reykjavik’s Hamrahlíð College – where she sang in the world-renowned choir run by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir, which counts Björk and members of Sigur Rós among former members – she planned to go to Vienna to continue her studies, but after becoming disillusioned with the classical world, she decided to take a break from studying and moved to London to work instead.

Although Evensen cites her home country of Iceland as still being a huge influence on her music, she is also profoundly inspired by forces of nature – just like the storm she witnessed when she was seven that led to her first composition – as well as artists such as Philip Glass and Thom Yorke. But the real driving force behind her mournful, melancholy and incredibly beautiful arrangements is her own emotions, and having the full freedom to explore those feelings musically however she wants, while also attempting to break free from regular forms of music. That could be with just a piano, but she’s also able to notate for strings and other instruments, and often incorporates those into her compositions, as well.

It was after her debut performance at Iceland Airwaves Festival that she caught the attention of Sony Masterworks and she signed to the label in November 2019, followed by a signing to Wise Music Group for publishing shortly after.

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Photography by Blair Alexander