Music industry pays tribute to composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

Music industry pays tribute to composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

Tributes have been paid to award-winning film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who has died aged 48. He was found dead in his Berlin apartment on Friday (February 9).

“Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew,” said Tim Husom, Jóhannsson’s manager and president of Redbird Management.

The Icelandic composer and producer combined classical instrumentation with electronic music. In 2015, he won the Golden Globe for his original score to The Theory Of Everything, which also earned him an Oscar nomination.

Jóhannsson received further Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his scores to films including Arrival and Sicario.

Alongside his collaborations with Hollywood directors, Jóhannsson released a series of solo recordings. He was signed to UMG’s Deutsche Grammophon, while earlier albums were released via 4AD and Touch.  He was signed to Mute Song for publishing. 

David McGinnis, head of Mute Song, said: "Mute Song are devastated by the loss of a wonderful artist and friend. Our thoughts are with the family of Jóhann Jóhannsson at this tragic time and also with the wonderful collection of artists around the world who collaborated with Jóhann and supported his unique and enduring genius."

Deutsche Grammophon said: "The team at Deutsche Grammophon are in deep mourning over the loss of our friend, Jóhann Jóhannsson. In the three years of our close collaboration, a true friendship had grown. The power of his music will live on and continue to touch us."

His side projects include Apparat Organ Quartet and the electronic music collective Evil Madness. He also collaborated with artists including Marc Almond, Barry Adamson, Pan Sonic, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Jaki Liebezeit of Can.

Tributes have been paid to Jóhannsson by fellow artists and the music industry.


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