Icelandic violinist Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir first came to international prominence in 2006, when she won the Grand Prize, Audience Prize and prize for the youngest finalist in the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. The same year she was granted the European Council's Pro Europa Incentive Award, was a finalist in the Norwegian Soloist Prize and was also nominated in the Performer of the Year category at the 2012 Icelandic Music Awards. Her recording of Telemann's Fantasies for solo violin won the Album of the Year prize at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2014. Most recently she was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2015.
After growing up in her native Iceland, she moved to Germany, where she studied first with Rainer Kussmaul in Freiburg, and later with Carolin Widmann in Leipzig. To augment her studies she attended various masterclasses with Antje Weithaas, Thomas Zehetmair, Gérard Poulet, Zahkar Bron and the Artemis Quartet. For her special interest in Classical and Romantic historical practice she spent a two-month residency in Paris’ Cité des Arts in 2012 researching the playing style of the period.
She has performed widely to universal acclaim. As a concerto soloist she has appeared alongside conductors Andre de Ridder, Paul McCreesh, and François-Xavier Roth with orchestras such as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Les Siècles and the Hamburger Symphoniker. She has also performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous festivals around the world, including the Bachfest Leipzig, the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Sydney Festival, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, the Icelandic Arts Festival, and the Berkeley Festival. She has given concerts at venues including the Philharmonie and Radialsystem in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw in Bruges, Toppan Hall in Tokyo, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
Elfa Rún can regularly be seen playing in choreographed concerts as well as in theatre plays. From 2006 she was a member and from 2008 concertmaster of Berlin-based Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, where she took an active part in developing diverse concert projects until she left the group in 2014. Together with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop she collaborated with various directors, artists and composers such as Alexander Charim, Aliénor Dauchez, Sebastian Claren, Sarah Nemtsov, Mark André, Georg Nussbaumer and Sasha Waltz and Guests.
Her interest in early music drew her to the attention of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, where she is now a regular guest as soloist and concertmaster. She is a member of newly-founded ensemble CONTINUU||M in Berlin, which will debut at the Internationale Orgeltage Nürnbern, the Bachtage Köthen and the Türinger Bachwochen in the 2015/2016 season. In 2009 she was selected by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation to receive the loan of a 1699 baroque violin by G. B. Rogeri.
Since autumn 2015 she holds a teaching position at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Leipzig, Germany.