Atli Örvarsson

Atli Örvarsson – Composer Profile

Atli pic 4From historical epics to courtroom drama to tales of the supernatural, Icelandic composer Atli Örvarsson has provided innovative scores to tell all of these stories. Atli’s talent, experience, versatility, and skill combined with his Icelandic roots has produced an individualised and compelling style that contributes to his success as a musician and composer.  His credits include orchestrating and contributing music for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Angels and Demons and Man of Steel

As a composer, Atli displays musical diversity throughout his action-film scores in The EagleVantage PointBabylon A.D., the Morgan Freeman caper Thick as ThievesThe Fourth Kind, and the Nicolas Cage medieval fantasy Season of the Witch.  His most recent credits include The Edge of Seventeen starring Woody Harrelson, Bilal: A New Breed of HeroThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the dark and edgy film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, the drama/thriller A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell, and the hit NBC series Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. Current projects include the remake of the 1990s thriller Jacob’s Ladder, NBC’s Chicago Justice, and the upcoming animated feature PLOEY – You’ll Never Fly Alone.

Originally from the small town of Akureyri, Atli Örvarsson became established in the local music scene at a young age.  He earned three platinum and two gold records as a member of the Icelandic band Salin hans Jóns mins before studying film composing at Berklee College of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He excelled in composing and was awarded the Pete Carpenter Fellowship, which brought him to Los Angeles. He began working alongside TV veteran Mike Post on NYPD Blue and three Law and Order brands. Soon after that, Atli met composer Hans Zimmer, who extended an invitation to join his team at Remote Control Studios. Atli’s accolades include several ASCAP & BMI Film & TV Music Awards and he was nominated for the prestigious World Soundtrack Academy’s “Discovery of the Year Award” for his score for Babylon A.D.

Film
JACOB’S LADDERGaeta / Rosenzweig Films
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Producers: Michael J. Gaeta, Alison R. Rosenzeig
Starring: Karla Souza, Nicole Beharie, Jesse Williams
PLOEY – YOU’LL NEVER FLY ALONEGunHil
Director: Árni Ásgeirsson
Producers: Ives Agemans, Hilmar Sigurösson
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEENGracie Films / STX Entertainment
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Producers: Julie Ansell, James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Hailey Lu Richardson
BILAL: A NEW BREED OF HEROBarajoun Entertainment
Director: Khurram H. Alavi
Producer: Ayman Jamal
Starring: Ian McShane, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
THE PERFECT GUYRocklin/Faust, Screen Gems
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Producers: Tommy Oliver, Wendy Rhoads, Nicole Rocklin, Darryl Taja
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
RAMSAeroplan Film
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Producer: Grímar Jónsson
***Winner: Best Score at 2015 HARPA Nordic Film Composer Award***
BLÓDBERG (THE HOMECOMING)Vestuport
Director: Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Producers: Rakel Gardarsdottir, Agusta M. Olafsdottir
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTSConstantin Film Produktion / Unique Features
Director: Harald Zwart
Producers: Don Carmody, Robert Kulzer
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
MAN OF STEEL
(additional music)
Warner Bros.
Director: Zack Snyder
Producers: Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Emma Thomas
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane
COLETTEHappy Celluloid
Director: Milan Cieslar
Producers: Milan Cieslar, Wanda Hycova
EVIDENCEBold Films / RLJ Entertainment
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Producers: David Lancaster, Michel Litvak, Marc Platt, Anthony Rhulen, Jeffrey Stott
Starring: Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell
A SINGLE SHOTUnified Pictures
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Producers: Chris Coen, Aaron L. Gilbert, Keith Kjarval, Jeff Rice
Starring: Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERSParamount Pictures
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Producers: Will Ferrell, Beau Flynn, Adam McKay, Kevin J. Messick
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen
THE EAGLEFocus Features
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Producer: Duncan Kenworthy
Starring: Channing Tatum
SEASON OF THE WITCHAtlas Entertainment / Reletivity Media
Director: Dominic Sena
Producers: Alex Gartner, Charles Roven
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman
THE FOURTH KINDUniversal Pictures
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Producers: Paul Brooks, Joe Carnahan, Terry Robbins
Starring: Milla Jovovich
ANGELS AND DEMONS
(additional music)
Columbia Pictures Director: Ron Howard
Producers: John Calley, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor
THICK AS THIEVESMillennium Films
Director: Mimi Leder
Producers: Randall Emmett, Danny Lerner, Lori McCreary, Les Weldon
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy
VANTAGE POINTColumbia Pictures
Director: Pete Travis
Producers: Mark Farrington, Neal H. Moritz
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker
IRON MAN
(additional music)
Paramount Pictures
Director: Jon Favreau
Producers: Avi Arad, Kevin Feige
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
BABYLON A.D.StudioCanal / Twentieth Century Fox
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Producers: Alain Goldman, Matthieu Kassovitz, Selwyn Roberts
Starring: Vin Diesel
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
(additional music)
Twentieth Century Fox
Director: David Silverman
Producers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Claudia Katz, Richard Sakai, Mike Scully
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END
(additional music)
Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Gore Verbinski
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
THE HOLIDAY
(additional music)
Columbia Pictures
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Bruce A. Block
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black
STUART LITTLE 3Mainframe Entertainment
Director: Audu Paden
Producers: Lucy Fisher, Leslie Hough, Steven Wendland, Douglas Wick
Starring: Michael J. Fox
THE LAST CONFEDERATE: THE STORY OF ROBERT ADAMSStrongbow Pictures
Director: A. Blaine Miller
Producers: Julian Adams, Weston Adams, Billy Fox
Television
CHICAGO JUSTICEWolf Films / Universal Television
CHICAGO MEDNBC Universal Television
CHICAGO PDWolf Films / Universal Television
CHICAGO FIREWolf Films / Universal Television
LAW & ORDER: LAWolf Films / Universal Media Studios
SIX DEGREESBad Robot / Touchstone Television
JUST LEGALJerry Bruckheimer Television / Warner Bros. Television
DRAGNETWolf Films / Universal Television
10.5 APOCALYPSE
(additional music)
Hallmark Entertainment
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
(2 episodes)
Wolf Films
Video Game
FREE REALMSSony Online Entertainment
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2
(additional music)
Activision Blizzard, Infinity Ward, PCB Productions