Hildur Guðnadóttir

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Hildur Guðnadóttir
Hildur Guðnadóttir.jpg
Hildur Guðnadóttir in 2007
Background information
Birth nameHildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir
Born (1982-09-04) 4 September 1982 (age 37)
Reykjavík, Iceland
GenresFilm score
  • Composer
  • musician
  • Cello
  • percussion
Associated actsJóhann Jóhannsson

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."[1] 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 choir for performances by Throbbing Gristle in Austria and London. As a composer she has written a score for the play Sumardagur ("Summer Day") performed at Iceland's National Theatre.[2] She has also written the score for the Danish film Kapringen (2012),[3][4] Garth Davis' 2018 film Mary Magdalene (in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson),[5] Stefano Sollima's Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), and the 2019 Chernobyl miniseries. She wrote the score to the 2019 film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Todd Phillips for which she won the Premio Soundtrack Stars award at the Venice Film Festival .[6]




Film work[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2011 The Bleeding House Philip Gelatt Composer
2012 A Hijacking Tobias Lindholm
Astro: An Urban Fable in a Magical Rio de Janeiro Paula Trabulsi
2013 Jîn Reha Erdem
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve Solo cello
2015 Sicario
The Revenant Alejandro G. Iñárritu
2016 The Oath Baltasar Kormákur Composer
Arrival Denis Villeneuve Solo Cello
2017 Tom of Finland Dome Karukoski Composer, with Lasse Enersen
Journey's End Saul Dibb Composer, with Natalie Holt
2018 Mary Magdalene Garth Davis Composer, with Jóhann Jóhannsson
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Stefano Sollima Composer
2019 Joker Todd Phillips


Year Title Studio Episodes Notes
2013 Graduates – Freedom Is Not For Free Hailstone N/A Composer
Documentary film
2014 Så meget godt i vente Danish Documentary Production N/A
Ming Of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys In The Air
2015-2018 Trapped RÚV 20 Composer, with Jóhann Jóhannsson & Rutger Hoedemaerkers
2017 Strong Island Netflix N/A Composer
Documentary film
The Departure Pandora N/A Composer, additional music
Documentary film
2018 Street Spirits V71 N/A Composer, with Eric Papky
Documentary TV series
2019 Chernobyl HBO (US)
Sky (UK)
5 Composer
TV Mini-series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special for "Please Remain Calm"


  1. ^ Stubbs, D. "Against the Grain" in The Wire 283 (September 2007), p.12
  2. ^ "12 Tónar - Hildur Guðnadóttir". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Musikpris 2014 - Hildur Guðnadóttir". Archived from the original on 15 June 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Hildur Guðnadóttir - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Johann Johannsson's Death Leaves Friends Shocked, Questions Unanswered". Retrieved 25 March 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Hildur Gudnadottir to Score Todd Phillips' 'Joker' Origin Movie". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  7. ^ 相対性理論+渋谷慶一郎コラボ曲の高音質音源を先行配信. natalie.mu (in Japanese). 1 December 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Strong Island". Yanceville Films, LLC. 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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