Páll Ragnar Pálsson (1977) holds a PhD from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied composition with Helena Tulve. In his doctoral thesis Páll Ragnar researched the Poetry Book of Father Ólafur from Sandar, a 17th century manuscript of music from the West-Fjords of Iceland. In his compositions Páll seeks inspiration from East-European art music and can be described as organic linear tranformations with a spiritual undertone. Páll’s compositions have been performed wide across Europe, including the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie the the Berlin Philharmonie. Páll is a member of the board of the Composers Society of Iceland.