Biography

“By harnessing complete control over his soundworld, Sigurdsson possesses the power to weild darkness into a singularly mesmerising art”.  —Tom Huizenga, NPR Music

“…one of contemporary music’s most gifted and innovative composers”
— Fractured Air


“Sigurðsson creates an evocative, vividly picturesque narrative”
— San Francisco Classical Voice

 

Composer and producer VALGEIR SIRGURÐSSON is known for his immersive sound-world, often blurring the lines between contemporary classical writing and electronic production. An explorer of implicit sound, he composes for film, visual media and stage, as well as being active as a composer of concert works and opera, and as a performing musician. He has written 3 chamber operas, most recently We Are in Time, which was commissioned by The Scottish Ensemble’s to commemorate their 50th anniversary year.

Recent film work includes Grímur Hákonarson’s   The County, and An Acceptable Loss, a political thriller by Joe Chappell starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter. Valgeir’s scores for the environmental documentary  Dreamland  and Reykjavík City Theatre’s production of  Medea  were nominated for best score at the EDDA Icelandic Film Awards, and the Iceland Theatre Awards, respectively.  Valgeir’s 4th LP  DISSONANCE  won ‘Album of The Year’ at the 2018 Iceland Music Awards. And Dust a piece for violin and electronics composed for Valgeir’s close collaborator, the British violinist Daniel Pioro,  received a special jury prize at the International Rostrum of Composers in 2019.

At Greenhouse Recording Studios, Reykjavík which he founded in 1997, Valgeir has been a prolific collaborator with artists from all over the world, including the likes of Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Feist, Tim Hecker, Anohni, CocoRosie, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Víkingur Ólafsson and many others, as producer, engineer and/or arranger.

Valgeir has performed his work internationally at festivals, concert halls and clubs, and The New York Times named Dissonance Live among the top shows of the 2017 Sónar Barcelona Festival. He is the artistic director of the record label and collective Bedroom Community which he founded with composers Nico Muhly and Ben Frost in 2005.


 

Valgeir’s music is published by Faber Music Ltd, and his recordings are released on Bedroom Community.

 

His name contains the Icelandic character Ð (ð) and should alternatively be spelled “Sigurdsson”.