Three Grammy nominations for Iceland
Hildur is nominated in the category of best soundtrack in visual media for her soundtrack to the film Joker. The Category covers original compositions made for film, television, computer games, and other visual media. There are a total of five nominees, including John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Hildur is separately nominated for her arrangement to the piece Bathroom Dance, also from the Joker soundtrack.
Hildur won a Grammy at the start of this year for her soundtrack to the TV series Chernobyl.
Meanwhile, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra receives a Grammy nomination in the best orchestral performance category for its album Concurrence. The recording, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason, features new works by four Icelandic composers: Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Haukur Tómasson, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, and Páll Ragnar Pálsson. The recording features Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir and Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson as soloists.
The New York Times described Concurrence as one of the most notable classical releases of 2019, and the American radio station NPR selected it among its top-ten releases of the year.
The album is the second of three in collaboration between the orchestra and the Sono Luminus record label in the USA. Overall, the series will feature 14 new Icelandic works, all conducted by Daníel Bjarnason. The third and final release, Occurrence, is due in January.
Five albums are nominated in the category and the ISO faces competition from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, among others. The Iceland Symphony was once before nominated for a Grammy, in 2009.