Hildur Guðnadóttir

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Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir studied cello at the Reykjavík Music Academy and musical studies/ composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Berlin Univerity of the Arts in Berlin. 

Her oeuvre includes collaborations and projects with among others the band Angel, the field recording artist and performer BJ Nilsen, Skúli Sverrisson, Hilmar Jensson, Hafler Trio and Jóhann Jóhannsson. 

Hildur Guðnadóttir is a member of Kitchen Motors, a Reykjavík based think tank, record label and an art collective. She also joined Storsveit Nix Noltes (The Nix Noltes Big Band), a rotating cast of 7 to 10 Icelanders playing traditional Bulgarian and Greek dance music.

As a composer she has written music for plays, dance performances and films, pieces for chamber orchestras, voices and electronics. She likes to explore the nature and movement of sound, and often turns her experiments into sound and visual installations. She recently co-composed a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman's 1980 film In The Shadow of The Sun. 


Soldado, 2017
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



Director: Stefano Sollima
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir

Soldado, 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 2018 (UK / USA)



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.