Famous Composers from Iceland

List of notable or famous composers from iceland, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in iceland and even some popular composers who immigrated to iceland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous iceland composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from iceland is included when available.

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  • Atli Örvarsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈahtlɪ ˈœrvarsɔn]; born 7 July 1970) is an Icelandic film score composer. Atli's credits include composing and orchestrating music for some of Hollywood's biggest projects, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Angels & Demons, The Holiday, The Eagle, Vantage Point, Babylon A.D., Thick as Thieves, The Fourth Kind, and Season of the Witch. Atli's most recent credits include The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, A Single Shot, NBC series Chicago Fire, and together with Hans Zimmer contributed music to the Zack Snyder Superman reinstallment Man of Steel. Originally from the small town of Akureyri, Atli became ...more
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland
  • Dagur Kári
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    Dagur Kári (born Dagur Kári Pétursson; 12 December 1973) is an Icelandic film director. He was born in Paris, France, to Icelandic parents, and returned to Iceland when he was 3 years old. Dagur graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999, with art house short movie Lost Weekend. The film got off to a good start, and gained the first popularity winning 11 prizes on the international festival circuit.
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Hildur Gudnadóttir
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    Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir (born 4 September 1982) is an Icelandic musician and composer. A classically trained cellist, she has played and recorded with the bands Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Múm and Stórsveit Nix Noltes, and has also toured with Animal Collective and Sunn O))). In 2006, she released a solo album under the name Lost In Hildurness, Mount A, on which she attempted to "involve other people as little as I could." It was recorded in New York City and Hólar in the north of Iceland. 2009 saw the release of her second solo album, Without Sinking, on the UK-based audio-visual label, Touch. As well as the cello, Hildur also sings and arranges choral music, once arranging a ...more
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (Icelandic: [ˈhɪlmar ˈœr̥tn̥ ˈhɪlmarsɔn] (listen); born 23 April 1958), also known as HÖH, is a musician, an art director, and allsherjargoði (chief goði) of Ásatrúarfélagið ("the Ásatrú Association"). Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson was a pioneer in the use of computers when composing music and cleared the path for new ideas in recording and arrangements. He has worked on ambitious, experimental and original projects with various musicians, such as Psychic TV, Current 93, Sigur Rós, Steindór Andersen and Eivør Pálsdóttir.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Jakob Frímann Magnússon

    Jakob Frímann Magnússon is an Icelandic composer, keyboard player, film director and producer. In Iceland he is best known as the keyboardist and one of the founders of the multiartistic band Stuðmenn, with which he has so far produced 15 albums from 1975 - 2014. He has also directed, produced and starred in several films, and released several soloalbums with a number of famous jazz musicians from the United States. For a period of the 1990s he was the cultural attaché of the Icelandic embassy in London. Since 2002, aside from playing in Stuðmenn and recording new albums, Jakob Frímann is the co-owner and manager of the advertisement agency Bankastræti in Reykjavík. Jakob studied music in ...more
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈjouːhan ˈjouːhansɔn]; 19 September 1969 – 9 February 2018) was an Icelandic composer who wrote music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, television, and films. His work is stylised by its blending of traditional orchestration with contemporary electronic elements.Jóhann released solo albums from 2002 onward. In 2016, he signed with Deutsche Grammophon, through which he released his last solo album, Orphée. Some of his works in film include the original scores for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, and James Marsh's The Theory of Everything. Jóhann was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score ...more
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland