Hildur Ingveldar Guðnadóttir (born September 4, 1982 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic musician and composer.
Coming from a family of musicians, she's a classically trained cellist as well as a singer, and she has collaborated with the likes of Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Múm, Stórsveit Nix Noltes, Animal Collective and Sunn O))) on albums and/or concerts. She also composes or performs soundtracks for films and television series since 2011.
She was friends and collaborated with a fellow Icelandic musician and composer, the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, on films of Denis Villeneuve most notably. 2019-2020 were particularly great years for her as her compositions for Chernobyl and Joker earned her much praise.
Her solo albums include:
- Mount A (2006)
- Without Sinking (2009)
- Leyfðu Ljósinu (2012)
- Saman (2014)
Notable soundtracks of hers include:
- The Bleeding House (2011, composed)
- The Revenant (2015, solo cello)
- Sicario (2015, solo cello)
- Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018, composed)
- Trapped (2015-2019, composed with with Jóhann Jóhannsson)
- Arrival (2016, solo cello)
- Journey's End (2017, composed with Natalie Holt)
- Mary Magdalene (2018, composed in 2017 with Jóhann Jóhannsson)
- Chernobyl (2019, composed) — Emmy Award note , Grammy Award note
- Joker (2019, composed) — Golden Globe Award note , BAFTA note , Academy Award note
Tropes & Trivia in her works:
- Everything Is an Instrument: She actually put a hazmat suit on, went into the decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania that would be used to film Chernobyl, and recorded sounds there, including pumps, reactors and turbines. Then she arranged them alongside classical instruments into a haunting soundtrack for the series.