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Biography

  • Born

    19 September 1969 (age 48)

  • Born In

    Reykjavík, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

Jóhann Jóhannsson (born 19 September 1969) is an Icelandic who has been releasing solo albums since 2002 as well as composing music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, TV and films.

In 2016 Jóhannsson signed with Deutsche Grammophon through which he has released his latest solo album Orphée. Some of his works in film include the original scores for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival as well as James Marsh's The Theory of Everything. Jóhannsson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for both The Theory of Everything and Sicario, and won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Theory of Everything. Jóhannsson is currently composing the score for Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Jóhann was born and raised in Reykjavík, where he later went on to study languages and literature at university. He started his musical career as a guitarist playing in indie rock bands. In 1999 Jóhann co-founded "Kitchen Motors"; a think tank, art organisation and music label that encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations between artists from punk, jazz, classical, metal and electronic music. His own sound arose out of these musical experimentation's.

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