Icelandic mezzo Guja Sandholt lives in Amsterdam and performs regularly in the Netherlands and internationally. She enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist and ensemble singer. In 2016, she also worked as the Artistic Director of a new opera festival in Iceland, Óperudagar í Kópavogi, which presented its first edition from the 1st-5th of June.
Recently, she portrayed Popova in William Walton's The Bear at the Cycle Art and Music Festival in Iceland and participated as a resident artist in the Nieuwe Stemmen project at the Operadagen Rotterdam. She appeared as a soloist in the Matthew Passion with Gelders Orkest as well as in a staged version of the Coffee Cantata by Bach at Over het IJ-Festival and the Bach Bubbles at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam. Guja enjoys the oratorio repertoire immensly and has e.g sung the alto/mezzo parts of the Weihnachtsoratorium, Messiah, Duruflé's Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, Dvorak's Stabat Mater and Vivaldi's Gloria.
In August 2013 Guja went as a Fellow of the Wagner Scholarship Foundation to Bayreuth to enjoy their annual Fellow program.
Together with Heleen Vegter pianist, Guja regularly gives Lied recitals.
Prior to moving to the Netherlands in 2010 to study with Jón Þorsteinsson, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Currently, Guja continues having private lessons with Charlotte Margiono and Jón Þorsteinsson.
An experienced ensemble singer, she also freelances with Groot Omroepkoor, Cappella Amsterdam and Kammerchor Stuttgart from time to time.
In 2011-2012, she worked as an assistant to Arvo Pärt and his family in connection with the newly founded IAPC in Estonia.