Ólafur Arnalds

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Biography

Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and composer - internationally known for his haunting musical style. He captivatingly combines elements of ambient, classical, electronic, pop and rock music. His recent album “re:member” (2018) follows the success of his innovative musical project Island Songs (2016). “re:member” features Ólafur’s new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument.

Ólafur has been praised for his extensive soundtrack work, including composing the score for ITV’s Broadchurch, for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Original Music. He has been involved in various other media projects and his music appears in many films, television shows and advertisements.

Together with Barði Jóhannson (Bang Gang), Ólafur composed music for “Dyad 1909”, a Random Dance/Wayne McGregor project. This music was released as an album in 2009.

Furthermore, Arnalds formed the experimental techno project “Kiasmos” together with Janus Rasmussen. They have released two albums so far: “Blurred” (2017) and “Kiasmos” (2014).

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News

  • Wise Music Group Renews Worldwide Publishing Deal with Ólafur Arnalds

    Wise Music Group Renews Worldwide Publishing Deal with Ólafur Arnalds

    25th May 2023

    Wise Music Group is delighted to announce that the Icelandic composer, producer and multi- instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds has renewed his publishing agreement with Berlin-based Bosworth Music GmbH.

  • Ólafur Arnalds Tour - Some Kind Of Peace

    Ólafur Arnalds Tour - Some Kind Of Peace

    23rd May 2022

    Pianist Ólafur Arnalds is on tour from May to present what is probably his most personal and orginal work to date live for the first time: On 'Some Kind of Peace' the Icelander deals with the topic of vunerability in a remarkably open and...

  • Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Album 'some kind of peace'

    Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Album 'some kind of peace'

    6th November 2020

    Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds has today released his new album, some kind of peace, on Mercury KX. The album is a vulnerable and daring exploration on what it means to be alive with Ólafur urging the listener...

  • Ólafur Arnalds Announces Up-coming Album 'some kind of peace'

    Ólafur Arnalds Announces Up-coming Album 'some kind of peace'

    28th August 2020

    Ólafur Arnalds has announced details of a brand-new album, 'some kind of peace', due for release on November 6th. His most revealing and vulnerable work to date, the album is announced today alongside a beautiful new track, ‘We Contain...

  • Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Single

    Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Single

    11th August 2020

    Ólafur Arnalds' new single 'Back To The Sky' is out now. Released last Friday 7th August via Mercury KX, the track is in collaboration with, and features the vocals of, fellow Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JFDR...