Bára Gísladóttir is an Icelandic composer and double bassist based in Copenhagen where she studies at the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma Program in composition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music under the guidance of Jeppe Just Christensen and Niels Rosing-Schow. Prior to this she studied with Gabriele Manca at the Milan Conservatory and at The Iceland Academy of Arts under the guidance of Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson and Þuríður Jónsdóttir. When living in Iceland, she studied the double bass with Hávarður Tryggvason and was in the position of 1st bass for The Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Her music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras like The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble InterContemporain, Esbjerg Ensemble, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, loadbang, Motocontrario, Mimitabu, NJYD, Riot Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet and TAK Ensemble. Bára´s pieces have been selected for festivals such as Dark Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, KLANG Festival, ManiFeste Ircam Academy, Nordic Music Days and Ung Nordisk Musik. In 2018, Bára received the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize.
Bára has released three albums; Different Rooftops, in 2015, containing pieces for voice, tenor saxophone, double bass and electronics, B R I M S L Ó Ð, in 2016, a piece in three movements for double bass and electronics, and Mass for some in 2017, for double bass, voice and electronics.
Bára is an active performer and regularly plays her own music. In addition to this she is the double bassist of Elja Ensemble, Skark Ensemble, and Balkan-band Orphic Oxtra. She has also performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Bára is a member of the Swedish-Icelandic composers’ collective Errata, a long with Finnur Karlsson, Halldór Smárason, Haukur Þór Harðarson and Petter Ekman. The collective aims to provide a platform for young composers to present themselves and their art as widely as possible, as well as promoting new and innovative ways in composition and distribution.