Gudni A. Emilsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1964. At the age of 4 he started music lessons with his father. At the State University of Music Trossingen in Germany he finished his Master Degree in piano and conducting. Gudni has also taken Master Classes, Workshops and assisted conductors including: Sergiu Celibidache, Walter Hügler, Kirk Trevor, Lutz Köhler, Rudolf Barshai, Ilya Musin, Manfred Schreier, Myung Wung Chung, Helmut Rilling, John Eliot Gardiner and Bernard Haitink.
Gudni A. Emilsson has won numerous national and international prizes for conducting.
Amongst the rewards he has received:
-„Herbert von Karajan Award“ in Salzburg - Austria
-“Richard Wagner Award” in Bayreuth - Germany
-The “LIND -Artist Award” in Reykjavik - Iceland
-The “Masaryk Artist Award” of the Masaryk University of Brno – Czech Republic.
He has enjoyed serving as guest conductor with German Orchestras such as the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Orchestra of the University of Leipzig, Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Chamber Orchestra and North West Germany Philharmonic. He has further served as a guest conductor for other European orchestras and choirs like the Radio Orchestra of Prague, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bankja Chamber Orchestra of Sofia, the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, Kotor Art Festival Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra Greece, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Prague, Symphony Orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague, Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague, Radio Choir of Prague, Bukarest Radio Choir, the South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra, Poland Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Vienna. Outside of Europe he was been well received as a guest conductor of the Arctic Chamber Orchestra (USA), the Orchestra “Sesi” Porto Alegre (Brazil), Arkansas Symphony Orchestra USA and the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra.
Scheduled of conducting invitations for 2010 to 2011 include: Haydn Festival Vienna (Austria), the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Avignon Symphony Orchestra (France), San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (USA), Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Philharmonic of Poland, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Pilsen (Czech Republic), Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Lodz of Poland, Belgrade Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell` Arena di Verona in Italy.
Gudni has toured all of Europe, East and West Africa, Near and Middle Eastern Countries, Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, China, North and South America.
Gudni A. Emilsson has further performed in several important musical centres and at festivals such as: Bohuslav Martinu Festival Prague, Gewandhaus Leipzig Germany, Luxembourg,
Rio de Janeiro Sala Cecilia Mireles in Brasil, Alba Music Festival Italy, Mozart Festival Dortmund Germany and the Prague Spring Festival in “Rudolfinum – Hall”.
He has had the pleasure of working with such soloists as: Emmanuel Pahud, Katona Twins, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Perca Du, Lambis Vassiliadis, Josef Suk, Pavel Sporcel, Pieter Wispelwey, Ara Malikian, Reinhold Friedrich, Stefan Schilli, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Mischa Maisky, Lucia Aliberti, Hasmik Papian, Uto Ughi, Valery Oistrach and Shlomo Mintz.
From 2000 to 2004 Emilsson was the Chief Conductor of the Suk Chamber Orchestra in Prague, Czech Republic.
2005 he started as the Artistic Director of the Orchestra Camerata Bohemica Prague.
Since 2002 he has been serving as the Artistic Director and Cultural Attaché of the Classical Music Festival of the University City of Tübingen in Germany.
From 1999 he has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tübingen Chamber Orchestra touring in over 40 countries all over the world supported by the German Council of Music, the German Government and the Goethe Institute.
From 2005 Emilsson took over the new role as Chief Conductor of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, which is under the patronage of the Royal Thai Government and Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok.
Radio, Television and CD productions are available in Europe, USA and Thailand.