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Over the past year, Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir rose to prominence as one of film music’s most promising revelations. She has recently won an Emmy Award for her acclaimed score for Chernobyl in the category Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special.
Last year Hildur Guðnadóttir earned a nomination for the World Soundtrack Discovery of the Year Award for her work on Sicario: Day of the Soldado. In the meantime, her score for HBO’s hit series Chernobyl has caught the ear of international audiences. Besides Chernobyl, which earned Guðnadóttir her first Emmy nomination, her work is found in Todd Phillips’ highly anticipated Joker, premiering at the prestigious film festivals of Venice and Toronto this year.
But Hildur Guðnadóttir had already been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music for years. She has composed music for theatre, dance performances and films, including collaborations with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hauschka and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Next to composing, Guðnadóttir is a gifted cello player and singer. As a solo artist, she has released four acclaimed albums which earned her several Icelandic Music Award nominations.
The Composer Talk was led by Robert Kraft, Fox Music’s president from 1994 to 2012. He is currently involved in his own Kraftbox Entertainment, founded in 2013, which continues to give film music the attention it deserves. Next to that, he produced the award-winning independent film Score: A Film Music Documentary.