The Icelandic/Norwegian soprano, Steinunn Soffía Skjenstad, started her musical studies in Reykjavík, Iceland and graduated from the Icelandic Academy of Arts before studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. From 2008 – 2012, Steinunn studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre where she specialised in singing German lieder in addition to being a member of the opera class. Since 2012, Steinunn has been a singer with the Opera Studio of Theater in Lübeck in Northern Germany, where she has worked with directors such as Dieter Kaegi, Anthony Pilavachi and Reto Nickler.
Alongside her studies and career, Steinunn has taken part in several master classes and had private lessons with artists such as Margreet Honig, Julius Drake, Hartmut Höll, Ralf Gothóni, Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch and Axel Bauni.
Steinunn’s passion for singing lieder has led to her giving recitals throughout Europe and won her prizes including 1st prize at Erkki Melartin Chamber Music Competition, Finland and 3rd prize at The International Joseph Suder Competition in Nuermberg, Germany. Furthermore, Steinunn received 1st prize in Elise Meyer Competition and 3rd prize in the Mozart Competition, both in Hamburg. Additionally, she was a scholar of the Wagner Society Hamburg in 2012 and has been granted scholarships by the Hermann and Milena Foundation in Hamburg, Halldór Hansen’s Memorial Foundation in Iceland and the Selim Eskilin Foundation in Finland.
In 2012, Steinunn’s first CD Ostseetage – Eine Liederreise durch den Ostseeraum (Baltic Days – A musical journey through the Baltic Sea Area) was released. She includes songs from the Scandinavian and Baltic area states, with the German mezzo soprano Judith Thielsen and the Bulgarian pianist Mariana Popova.