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Icelandic pianist and composer Jórunn Viðar was born in Reykjavik on 7 December 1918, where she grew up. She studied for two years at the Music Academy in Berlin, and later at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
She worked as a pianist and accompanist in Iceland.
Her music is based on Icelandic folk songs.
Jórunn Viðar died on 27 February 2017, aged ninety-eight.