Bára Gísladóttir started playing the violin at the age of five. Thirteen years later she realised that she didn’t like it and switched over to the double bass. She did her Bachelor Degree in composition at The Iceland Academy of the Arts under the guidance of Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson as well as studying the double bass with Hávarður Tryggvason. After graduating from the Academy in 2013, she received a grant from the Iceland Innovation Center with three co-students to do a research project on the chamber music of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson. The project developed to an analysis-course that has now become a standard subject at the Academy. Subsequently, Bára received a grant from the Leonardo da Vinci Association to work as a composer in residence for the Oslo-based Boyes Musikkompani. Thereafter, she went to Italy to do further composition studies with Gabriele Manca at Conservatorio ”G.Verdi” di Milano. As for now, Bára lives in Copenhagen where she is doing her Master’s degree in composition at The Royal Danish Academy of Music under the guidance of Niels Rosing-Schow and Hans Abrahamsen.
Her music has been performed by ensembles such as Duo Harpverk, Mimitabu and Vertixe ensemble.Bára is an active performer and frequently performs her own music. She has also performed with Skark Ensemble, S.L.Á.T.U.R. and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a member of the Hamrahlíð Choir and bassist in the Balkan band Orphic Oxtra. Bára was the 1st bass of the Iceland Youth Symphony Orchestra before moving abroad for further composition studies. In January 2015 Bára founded the pop-up ensemble Náttey whom she has performed with regularly since.