Markéta Irglová

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Markéta Irglová
Irglová performing in 2014
Born (1988-02-28) 28 February 1988 (age 35)
  • Czech Republic
  • Iceland
Tim Iseler
(m. 2011; div. 2012)
Sturla Míó Þórisson
(m. 2019)
PartnerGlen Hansard (2006–2009)
Musical career
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
Years active2006–present

Markéta Irglová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarkɛːta ˈɪrɡlovaː]) (born 28 February 1988) is a Czech-Icelandic singer-songwriter, musician and actress, who starred in the film Once, which earned her a number of major awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly", with co-writer and co-star Glen Hansard.

Early life[edit]

Irglová began taking piano lessons at age 7 and began playing the guitar at age 8.[1]


Irglová is a member of the band The Swell Season with Glen Hansard. The band released its eponymous album on Overcoat Recordings in 2006. In 2007, Irglová co-starred in the indie film Once. Irglová co-wrote many of the songs for the film including "Falling Slowly", which received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[2] Irglová appeared on the 2007 I'm Not There soundtrack with the Swell Season's version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere".[3]

While accepting the Academy Award she and Hansard were played off before she could begin her acceptance speech. Later in the evening comedian Jon Stewart stopped the show to bring her back on stage to complete her speech. She ended it by wishing "fair play to those who dare to dream."[4]

The 2012 Broadway stage adaption of Once won eight Tony awards and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.[5][6]

In 2022, Irglová was announced as one of the participants in Söngvakeppnin 2022, the Icelandic national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, where she competed with the song "Mögulegt" / "Possible".[7]

In March 2022, Irglová, as part of The Swell Season, embarked on a six-city US tour. [8]

In 2023, Irglová was announced as one of the 5 participants in Eurovision Song CZ 2023, the Czech Republic's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.[9] She came in 4th place with 1,009 points.[10]

Also in 2023 it was announced that Irglová and Once co-star Glen Hansard would reunite for a more in depth world tour. This would be their largest tour together since the original hiatus of The Swell Season .[11]

Personal life[edit]

Irglová with Hansard performing in Derry, Northern Ireland in a 2006 concert

Irglová met Glen Hansard in 2001 when she was 13 years old.[12] Her parents organized a music festival in the Czech Republic and booked The Frames.[13] Hansard played a large part not only in her development as an artist and songwriter but also in launching her career. Although they met years earlier, her romantic relationship with Hansard began during the making of the film Once[14][15] and ended in 2009.[16]

Irglová was married to Tim Iseler from 2011 to 2012.[17]

In 2012, Irglová moved to Reykjavík, Iceland where she met Icelandic music producer Sturla Míó Þórisson (Sturla Mio Thorisson) while recording her first solo album, Anar. They later married and now have three children together.[18] Irglová speaks fluent Icelandic and is a dual citizen of the Czech Republic and Iceland.[19][20]


With The Swell Season (2006-2009)[edit]


Anar (2011)[edit]

Irglova's first full-length solo album was titled Anar.

MUNA (2014)[edit]

Irglova's second album was named Muna, meaning "to remember" in Icelandic. Written over the course of a year, and recorded in six months with producer/engineer Sturla Mio Thorisson, it features guests Rob Bochnik (The Frames), Iranian daf player and vocalist Aida Shahghasemi, and Marketa's sister Zuzi on backing vocals.

LILA (2022)[edit]

Lila is the third of Irglova's albums and was released after a 8 year long hiatus, during which Irglova married, had three children, and built a studio.



Awards and nominations[edit]



  • Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – "Falling Slowly" from Once
  • Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – Once


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  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Vedder, Sonic Youth, Tweedy Do Dylan For Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  4. ^ ""Falling Slowly" winning Best Original Song Oscar®". YouTube. Retrieved 16 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Once Tony Awards Info". Retrieved 16 October 2022.
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  7. ^ "Iceland: 'Söngvakeppnin' 2022 songs revealed 🇮🇸". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 5 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  8. ^ "". The Swell Season. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Czech Republic: ESCZ 2023 lineup revealed". EBU. 16 January 2023. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  10. ^ Farren, Neil (7 February 2023). "Czech Republic: Vesna to Eurovision 2023". Eurovoix. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  11. ^ "Once Duo Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Returning to the Road - SPIN". Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  12. ^ Jamie diamond (24 February 2008). "Life Imitating Film". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Markéta Irglová and Marek Irgl: Daughter and father on her Oscar success and much more". Radio Prague. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  14. ^ "'Once' a Hero". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  15. ^ Jamie diamond (24 February 2008). "Life imitating art". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
  16. ^ Bray, Allison (26 January 2009). "falling slowly ... out of love". Irish Independent. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  17. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (22 November 2013). "Once the musical: Love found, lost and found again". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  18. ^ "Markéta Irglová porodila na Islandu holčičku, jméno neprozradila" [Markéta Irglová gave birth to a baby girl in Iceland, she did not reveal the name]. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  19. ^ Hallur Már Hallsson (10 February 2020). "Hinn íslenski Óskarshafinn" [The Icelandic Oscar winner]. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  20. ^ Kristjáns, Kristin (5 February 2022). "Iceland: Söngvakeppnin 2022 artists and songs revealed". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 16 October 2022.

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