Gulli Bjornsson (b. 1991) is a guitarist and composer from Iceland. Bjornsson’s music typically blends electronics, acoustic instruments and visuals in a variety of contexts.
Most recently Gulli released his debut album Bergmál with his own compositions for guitar, strings and laptop. You can find it on all major online platforms.
Currently he is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in music composition at Princeton University.
Bjornsson’s compositions have recently been featured by: Carnagie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Le Poisson Rouge, Centre Culturen Canadian Paris, Ung Nordisk Musik, Purdue Convocations, Krannert Center, Rockefeller tri-University Recital series, Müzewest Concerts, KPU music, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, Yale Cabaret Series, Yale Laptop Ensemble, Harpa, Mengi and RÁS 2.
Gulli has been the recipient of multiple awards for his guitar playing. Gulli received 1st prize at Nótan a national music competition in Iceland in 2010 and was a winner of the Lilian Fuch’s Chamber Music Competition in 2013. In 2014 he received the Andrés Segovia Award from Manhattan School of Music for excellence in guitar studies. He’s has also been a finalist in international competitions such as the ASTA National Solo Competition, European Guitar Award and the International Young Talents Competition. He has also received grants from distinguished institutions such as Fulbright, the American Scandinavian Foundation, Valitor, Landsbankinn and the International Advisory Board. Most recently Gulli was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize for his studies at Yale School of Music.
He's performed at some of the most prestigious concert venues in America including, 92nd st Y, Le Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, WQXR, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Yale British Art Gallery and Woolsey Hall. Gulli has also performed as a soloist with the MSM Symphony and Yale Philharmonia.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale School of Music. His primary teachers were David Leisner and Ben Verdery.
You can follow Gulli and see what he's up to on his artist page:
Honors and Awards
Nótan - Winner as a solo performer 2010
Grant as an 'exceptional young artist' from Kopavogur 2011
Grant from Valitor 2012
Lilian Fuch’s Chamber Music Competition Spring - winner 2013
ASTA Finalist 2013
Augustine Endowed Scholarship 2011-12, 2012-13
International Advisory Board Scholarship 2013-14
Andrés Segovia Award 2014
Young Talents Competition Finalist 2015
Fulbright Scholarship 2015
European Guitar Award Finalist 2016
Irving S. Gilmore Scholarship & Fellowship 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Thor Thor’s Grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation 2016
Grant from Landsbankinn 2016
Guitar Festival Rust International Composition Competition 2nd Prize 2017
Changsa International Guitar Composition Competition Finalist 2017
Eliot Fisk Prize 2018
FÍH Culture Grant 2018
Ung Nordisk Musik 2019 - for Dimmar Öldur Rísa
The Mark Nelson Fellowship 2019-20
Naumberg Fellowship 2019-2020
Ung Nordisk Musik 2020 - For Bylur
- Techno 1 (2016)
- Bergmál (2019)
- Angelo Gilardino - A Salute from New York (2015)