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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.