Hildur Guðnadóttir

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Biography

Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic composer, cello player, and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music (e.g. with the band múm). In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes.

"Guðnadóttir takes a cello and gentle voice and, through software manipulation, scales simple phrases up to celestial heights" - The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music.

Gudnadóttir began playing cello as a child, entered the Reykjavík Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin.

Hildur has released four critically acclaimed solo albums: Mount A (2006), Without Sinking (2009), Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012) and Saman (2014). Her records have been nominated a number of times for the Icelandic Music Awards. Hildur’s albums are all released on Touch.

She has composed music for theatre, dance performances and films. The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Icelandic National Theatre, Tate Modern, The British Film Institute, The Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and Gothenburg National Theatre are amongst the institutions that have commissioned new works by Hildur. She was nominated for the Nordic Music Council Prize as composer of the year 2014.

Hildur has composed a number of film scores for films such as Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), Mary Magdalene (2018) and Strong Island (2017). 

Among others Hildur has performed live and recorded music with Skúli Sverrisson, Jóhann Jóhannsson, múm, Sunn O))), Pan Sonic, Hauschka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Sylvian, The Knife, Fever Ray and Throbbing Gristle.

Film

Chernobyl, 2019
Directed by Johan Renck

Sicario 2, 2018
Directed by Stefano Sollima

Mary Magdalene, 2017
Directed by Garth Davis

Tom of Finland, 2017
Directed by Dome Karukoski

The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy, 2017
Directed by Gianluigi Carella

Strong Island, 2017
Directed by Yance Ford

The Oath, 2016
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur

Trapped, 2015/16
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Music for 10 episodes
Co-composers: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Rutger Hoedemaekers

End of Summer, 2014
Directed by Jóhann Jóhannsson

Jin, 2013
Directed by Reha Erdem

Pandora's Box (1929), 2012
Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst

A Hijacking, 2012
Directed by Tobias Lindholm

The Bleeding, 2011
Directed by Philip Gelatt
 
The Gift, 2006
Directed by Markus Wambsganss
 
Another, 2005
Directed by Helena Jónsdóttir
 
Jón Bóndi, 2004
Directed by Una Lorenzen
 
Der Besuch, 2004
Directed by Vicky Cohn

FILM SCORE

SICARIO 2

Director: Stefano Sollima
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir


Sicario 2, a follow-up to the 2015 film Sicario, which centers around the escalating war against drugs along the border of the United States and Mexico and is again starring starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin will be set to music by Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Theatrical release: June 29, 2018 (UK / USA) | July 19, 2018 (Germany)

AWARD WINNING FILM SCORE

TRAPPED

Composition: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Rutger Hoedemaekers, Hildur Gudnadottir


A murder investigation and an impending snowstorm place a small-town Icelandic police chief in a dangerously unstable situation with international implications in this noir-ish thriller from director Baltasar Kormákur.

Together with Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rutger Hoedemaekers, Hildur Gudnadottir was awarded Iceland’s national film prize, the Edda Award, for the score for Kormákur’s mystery television series of which the first episode had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival as part of Toronto’s first-ever TV showcase.