Atli Örvarsson

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Atli Örvarsson
Atli Örvarsson in 2016
Atli Örvarsson in 2016
Background information
Born (1970-07-07) 7 July 1970 (age 51)
OriginAkureyri, Iceland
GenresFilm scores
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, musician, songwriter
InstrumentsPercussion; keys
Years active2000–present

Atli Örvarsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈaʰtlɪ ˈœrvar̥sɔn]; 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.[1][2][3]

Originally from the small town of Akureyri, Atli became established in the local music scene at a young age. He earned three platinum and two gold records as a member of the Icelandic band Sálin hans Jóns míns before studying film composing at Berklee College of Music and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He excelled in composing and was awarded the Pete Carpenter Fellowship, which brought him to Los Angeles. He began working alongside TV veteran Mike Post on NYPD Blue and three Law & Order brands. Atli soon caught the attention of composer Hans Zimmer, who extended an invitation to join his team at Remote Control Productions.



Year Title Director Notes
2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Audu Paden Themes by Alan Silvestri
2007 The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams A. Blaine Miller
2008 Vantage Point Pete Travis
Babylon A.D. Mathieu Kassovitz
2009 Thick as Thieves Mimi Leder
The Fourth Kind Olatunde Osunsanmi
2011 Season of the Witch Dominic Sena
The Eagle Kevin Macdonald
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Tommy Wirkola Additional Music By David Fleming
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Harald Zwart
A Single Shot David M. Rosenthal
2015 The Perfect Guy Co-composed With David Fleming
Rams Grímur Hákonarson Hrútar (original title)
2016 Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Khurram H. Alavi
Ayman Jamal
Additional music By Claudio Olachea
2017 The Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig Additional Music By Claudio Olachea & Score Produced By Hans Zimmer
The Hitman's Bodyguard Patrick Hughes Additional Music By Dmitri Golovko & Claudio Olachea
2018 How It Ends David M. Rosenthal Additional Music By Claudio Olachea
2020 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga David Dobkin
2021 Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Patrick Hughes


Year Title Network Notes
2002, 2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC Co-composed with Mike Post
2003-2004 L.A. Dragnet ABC
2006 Six Degrees Co-composed with Michael Giacchino & Adam Cohen
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles NBC Theme music composed by Mike Post
2012–present Chicago Fire[4]
2014–present Chicago P.D.
2015–present Chicago Med[5]
2017 Chicago Justice
2019–present FBI CBS
2020–present FBI: Most Wanted
2020 Defending Jacob Apple TV+ Theme music composed by Ólafur Arnalds


  1. ^ "Atli Örvarsson: Rising Star Composers". ASCAP. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. ^ Florino, Rick (10 March 2011). "Atli Örvarsson Talks Scoring "The Eagle"". Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ Levine, Sydney (18 February 2016). "'Rams' Composer Atli Örvarsson Wins Best Film Score at the 2016 HARPA Awards". IndieWire. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Credits". Chicago Fire. NBC. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Credits". Chicago Med. NBC. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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