Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir studied piano from an early age and earned her Master’s degree from NEC, Boston in 1987. Steinunn has performed frequently in many international festivals and received various awards for her performances and appeared in concerts in Europe and in the USA. She is the founder of the Reykholt Music Festival and was the Artistic Director until she took on the position of the Music Director of Harpa Concert Hall in 2011.
She has recorded many albums both as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony and performer of chamber music. Her recordings earned her the Icelandic Music Award for the best classical CD. Steinunn recently graduated from a three year Fellowship program at the Maryland University at the DeVos Institute for Arts Management where she was invited to participate with 12 other leaders chosen from a few hundred applicants. Steinunn has been the Artistic Director and CEO of the Icelandic Opera since 2015 and was recently reinstated in the position until 2023. She has been active as an Arts leader for many years. She currently sits on the Board of ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) and appears frequently as a lecturer and member of panels in various International conferences.