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Gyda Valtýsdóttir nominated for HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award

The Icelandic musician Gyda Valtýsdóttir is one of the nominees for The HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award, which will be handed out at the conclusion of this year's Nordic Film Music Days, which runs concurrently with the Berlinale. Valtýsdóttir is nominated for her score for Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon's feature film Mihkel.

Recently, Valtýsdóttir won the 2019 Nordic Council Music Prize for her distinctive vocals, instrumental inventiveness, and highly personal charm underline a dignified craftsmanship.

In Valtýsdóttir's nomination text for the HARPA awards it says:

"The score of the film Mihkel by Gyða Valtýsdóttir forms an integral part and can even be described as the lynchpin of the film. Gyða manages to create her own powerful sonic identity, which serves the story perfectly, while elevating the whole film. In a story based on dark and true events, the music adds to the film a more human and warmer feeling. Gyda also brilliantly succeeds with her music to build a bridge between the two worlds where the story takes place, Iceland and Estonia." 

The last HARPA award went to the Icelandic composer Davíd Thór Jónsson for his score for Benedikt Erlingsson's feature film Woman at War. The year before the Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason won the award for his score for Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson feature film Under the Tree.

For further information about the HARPA awards visit the Nordic Film Music Days website