Finnur Torfi Stefánsson graduated from the University of Iceland in 1972 as Cand.Jur, and received a degree in political science from the University of Manchester, England in 1974. He worked as a lawyer and was active on the political scene in Iceland as a municipal council member, and as a member of the Icelandic parliament.

In 1985 Mr. Stefánsson completed his B.A. degree in theory and composition at the Reykjavík College of Music, and continued his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. After receiveing his M.A. degree, he went on to study composition with Brian Ferneyhough and Roger Reynolds at the University of California, San Diego.

Mr. Stefansson compositions include 7 large orchestral works, an opera “The Shinbone and the shell” and three concertos for orchestra and solo instruments. He has written various chamber music works, including string quartets, wind quintets and works for solo piano, choir music and solo songs. The symphonic poem De Amore was shortlisted in the 2001 Masterprize competition.


  • FCD002 Waves in the field
  • Finnur Torfi Stefánsson
  • Movements ´98 for Violin and Piano
  • Suite from the Opera “The Shinbone and the Leg”
  • Movements ´98 for String Quartet
  • Piece IV for Orchestra

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