Hildur Guðnadóttir is an award-winning Icelandic composer, cellist and singer known for her scores for 2019 film, ‘Joker’ and HBO mini-series, ‘Chernobyl’ (2019).
Guðnadóttir was born in Reykjavík in September 1982, into a musical family. She began playing the cello at a young age and attended Reykjavík Music Academy, where she also took up composition.
Her studies also include stints at Iceland Academy of the Arts and Berlin University of the Arts, where she studied composition and new media.
Guðnadóttir won an Emmy for her score for HBO’s 2019 mini-series, ‘Chernobyl’.
And she made history when she scooped the Golden Globe for ‘Best Score’ at the 77th Golden Globes and the 2020 Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, respectively – being the first solo woman to ever do so in both instances.
‘Joker’ earned her the Golden Globe, and ‘Chernobyl’ the Grammy, with a further historic Oscar nomination seen for ‘Joker’ in 2020.
Guðnadóttir has also composed TV and film scores for ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’, ‘Mary Magdalene’, ‘Tom of Finland’, ‘Journey’s End’ and 20 episodes of the Icelandic TV series ‘Trapped’, which is streaming on Amazon Prime.
She has also composed for theatre and dance, and has released four solo albums: Mount A (2006), Without Sinking (2009), Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012) and Saman (2014).