Hildur Guðnadóttir

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Hildur Guðnadóttir
Hildur Guðnadóttir in 2007
Hildur Guðnadóttir in 2007
Background information
Born (1982-09-04) 4 September 1982 (age 38)
Reykjavík, Iceland
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • musician
Instruments
  • Cello
  • percussion
LabelsTouch
Associated actsJóhann Jóhannsson
Sunn O)))
Websitehttps://www.hildurness.com/

Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir[a] (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 toured with Animal Collective and Sunn O))). She has also produced solo works.

Hildur has gained international recognition for her film and television scores, including for the action thriller film Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), and the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (2019), the latter of which won her a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award. For her score to the 2019 psychological thriller film Joker, Hildur won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. She also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score,[1] and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Music, making her the first solo female composer to win in both.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Hildur was born in 1982 in Reykjavík, Iceland,[4] and was raised in Hafnarfjörður.[5] She comes from a family of musicians — her father, Guðni Franzson, is a composer, clarinet player and teacher. Her mother, Ingveldur Guðrún Ólafsdóttir, is an opera singer, and her brother is Þórarinn Guðnason from the band Agent Fresco.[5] Hildur began playing cello at the age of five and performed her first professional gig at 10 alongside her mother at a restaurant.[6] She attended the Reykjavik Music Academy and went on to study composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Berlin University of the Arts.[4]

Hildur lives in Berlin with her son (born 2012).[6][7] She is married to Sam Slater, an English composer, music producer and sound artist, with whom she collaborated on multiple projects including Chernobyl and Joker.[5][8][9][10] She also used to share a studio with Jóhann Jóhannsson, a frequent collaborator.[5]

Career[edit]

In 2006, Hildur released a solo album, Mount A, under the name Lost In Hildurness, on which she attempted to "involve other people as little as [she] could."[11] 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 U.K.-based audio-visual label, Touch.

As well as playing cello and halldorophone,[12] 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.[13] She has also written the score for the Danish film Kapringen (2012),[14][15] Garth Davis' 2018 film Mary Magdalene (in collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson),[16] Stefano Sollima's Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018). Her work on the 2019 Chernobyl miniseries was met with critical acclaim, and won her a Primetime Emmy Award and the Grammy Award for "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media".[17]

She composed the score to the 2019 film Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert de Niro, and directed by Todd Phillips, for which she won the Premio Soundtrack Stars Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score,[18] becoming the first solo woman composer to win in this category at the Golden Globe Awards.[19] At the 92nd Academy Awards, Hildur won the award for Best Original Score, becoming the first woman to win since the Original Dramatic Score and Original Musical or Comedy Score categories were combined in 2000.[20][21] She is the first Icelander to win an Oscar.[22]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Mount A (as Lost in Hildurness) (12 Tónar 2006)
    • re-released by Touch Music in 2010, as Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Without Sinking (Touch, 2009), with a vinyl version with extra tracks in 2011
  • Leyfðu Ljósinu (Touch, 2012), with a multi-channel version on USB
  • Saman (Touch, 2014), with a vinyl version

Collaboration[edit]

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
Percussions
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Stefano Sollima Composer
2019 Joker Todd Phillips

Television[edit]

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
N/A
2015–2018 Trapped RÚV 20 Composer, with Jóhann Jóhannsson & Rutger Hoedemaekers
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Associations Year Category Work Result Ref.
Academy Awards 2020 Best Original Score Joker Won [25]
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2018 Best Original Score Mary Magdalene Won [26]
AACTA Awards 2018 Best Original Music Score Nominated [27]
Beijing International Film Festival 2018 Best Music Journey's End Won [28]
British Academy Film Awards 2020 Best Film Music Joker Won [29]
British Academy Television Awards 2020 Best Original Music Chernobyl Won [30]
Critics' Choice Awards 2020 Best Movie Score Joker Won [31]
Golden Globe Awards 2020 Best Original Score – Motion Picture Won [32]
Grammy Awards 2020 Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Chernobyl Won [33]
2021 Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Joker Pending
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella Joker (for "Bathroom Dance") Pending
Hollywood Critics Association Awards 2020 Best Score Joker Won [34]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2019 Best Original Score in a Feature Film (tied with Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders for Ford v Ferrari) Won [35]
Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2020 Best Original Score Nominated [36]
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2019 Best Score Won [37]
Nordic Music Prize 2020 Best Nordic Album Of The Year Chernobyl Won [38]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2019 Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special Chernobyl (Episode: "Please Remain Calm") Won [39]
Robert Awards 2013 Best Score A Hijacking Nominated [40]
Satellite Awards 2020 Best Original Score Joker Won [41]
Venice International Film Festival 2019 Soundtrack Stars Award Won [42]
World Soundtrack Awards 2019 Television Composer of the Year Chernobyl Won [43]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhɪltʏr ˈkvʏðnaˌtouʰtɪr̥] (About this soundlisten)

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External links[edit]

Media related to Hildur Guðnadóttir at Wikimedia Commons