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Professor Mist Thorkelsdottir

Professor Mist Thorkelsdottir

After completing studies in the USA Mist embraced Icelandic musical life, teaching and being active in various artistic organizations as well as composing. She has received commissions and grants from performers and organizations in America and Europe. 

In 2001 Mist Thorkelsdottir, founded the Music Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts and was Dean of Music until 2014. From 2014 – 2016 she was the Head of the Academy of Music and Drama of the University of Gothenburg. She has been a member of the board of the Association of Nordic Music Academies since 2002 and was a council member of the European Association of Music Conservatories (AEC) between 2006 – 20012. 

She is a founding- and board member of MusiQuE, European Quality Enhancement and Accreditation Agency for higher music education. Since July 2016 Mist has held the position Senior Advisor to the Dean on International relations at USC Thornton School of Music.

Thornton School of Music,

University of Southern,


United States of America


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