Jóhann Jóhannsson, photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was found dead in his apartment in Berlin on Friday, 9 Feb. 2018. Yet, the cause of death has not been made public.

Jóhannsson, best known within the cinemagoing community for his work on the films “Prisoners” (2013), “The Theory of Everything” (2014), “Sicario” (2015) and “Arrival” (2016), has died aged 48.

The Garth Davis directed period drama “Mary Magdalene,” scheduled for release in the British Isles on 16 March 2018, features music composed by Jóhannsson and Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Jóhann Jóhannsson at an event for 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015)

Despite, between 2002 and 2016, the composer having released nine solo albums inclusive of Englabörn (2002), Fordlandia (2008) and Orphée (2016), Jóhannsson’s contribution to soundtrack albums ranks highly in the minds of people that knew his work.

With nominations for work done on several films, the composer picked up awards for his work on the Ye Lou directed crime drama “Fu cheng mi shi” (2012), the James Marsh directed “The Theory of Everything” (2014) and the Denis Villeneuve directed “Arrival” (2016).

Beginning in 2012 with the Golden Horse’s Best Original Film Score award for the Ye Lou directed crime drama “Fu cheng mi shi,” the composer picked up the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for “The Theory of Everything” and the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards for Best Film Composer of the Year for “Arrival.”

Even though Jóhannsson’s music can be heard used in Amazon Prime’s “The Grand Tour,” the entertainment industry’s use of the composer’s music stems back to at least 1995 when he performed “Karma” for the Friðrik Þór Friðriksson written and directed “Á köldum klaka.”

Further to his work with television and film production, it would be remiss to not mention the composer was also responsible for adding his style of music to various Icelandic staged performances. Beginning in 1996 with the Icelandic Take-away Theatre staged “Margrét Mikla,” Jóhannsson wrote music for no fewer than 11 plays and two contemporary dance performances.

Born in Reykjavík, Iceland on Friday, 19 Sept. 1969, Jóhannsson is known to have studied languages and literature during his academic career. In the mid-1990s, with an interest in music, Jóhannsson could be seen performing as a guitarist in Icelandic indie rock bands, such as Olympia, Unun and Ham.

With his musical interests intensifying, in 1999, Jóhannsson co-founded Kitchen Motors with Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir and Hilmar Jensson. Kitchen Motors, if you are unfamiliar with the company, is an Iceland based think tank, record label and an art collective.

The principle reasoning for the founding of Kitchen Motors was the encouragement of interdisciplinary collaborations between artists from punk, jazz, classical, metal and electronic music.

With the composer’s sudden death, many members of the entertainment community has expressed its thoughts…

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