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.
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
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Music for 10 episodes
Co-composers: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Rutger Hoedemaekers
End of Summer, 2014
Directed by Jóhann Jóhannsson
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 was set to music by Hildur Guðnadóttir.
Theatrical release: June 29, 2018 (UK / USA) | July 19, 2018 (Germany)
AWARD WINNING FILM SCORE
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.