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Famous Composers from Iceland

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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.

With people ranging from Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir to Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 65

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer born in Reykavik in Iceland. As a composer he has been identified with minimalist, neo-classical, drone, and electronic music. Jóhann is known for his film music, primarily for his Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning score for James Marsh's The Theory of Everything. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 49

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland

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Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Iceland
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Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the band in 1998. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also played such instruments as the flute, tin whistle, oboe and even the banjo, as well as many of the unorthodox instruments that contribute to Sigur Rós's distinctive sound. He also plays the guitar. Kjartan has performed under the pseudonym "The Lonesome Traveller" with Sigur Rós band-mate Orri Páll Dýrason and Amiina violinist María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. "The Lonesome Traveller" covered Sigur Rós songs acoustically in an alt-country style. Kjartan also composed scores for the 2005 Academy Award nominated short film Síðasti bærinn, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 41

Birthplace: Iceland

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