Hildur Guðnadóttir

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Hildur Guðnadóttir
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Background information
Birth nameHildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir
Born (1982-09-04) 4 September 1982 (age 36)
Reykjavík, Iceland
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, musician
Associated actsJóhann Jóhannsson

Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir (born 4 September 1982) is a classically trained Icelandic cellist who has played and recorded with the bands Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle and Múm, as well as her solo project Lost in Hildurness. She has also toured with Animal Collective and Sunn O))). She collaborated with Jóhann Jóhannsson on the score to Garth Davis' Mary Magdalene.[1] In 2018, she created the score for director Stefano Sollima's film Sicario: Day of the Soldado.

In 2007, she released a solo album, Mount A, on which she attempted to "involve other people as little as I could."[2] 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.[3] She has also written the score for the Danish film Kapringen (A Hijacking).[4][5]

She is set to score the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, directed by Todd Phillips.[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
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)
N/A Composer
TV Mini-series


  1. ^ "Johann Johannsson's Death Leaves Friends Shocked, Questions Unanswered". Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. ^ Stubbs, D. "Against the Grain" in The Wire 283 (September 2007), p.12
  3. ^ "12 Tónar - Hildur Guðnadóttir". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Musikpris 2014 - Hildur Guðnadóttir". Archived from the original on 15 June 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Hildur Guðnadóttir - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  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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