Atli Örvarsson


Atli Örvarsson is a film score composer.


Atli Örvarsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈahtlɪ ˈœrvarsɔn]; born July 7, 1970) is an Icelandic film score composer. Atli’s credits include composing and orchestrating music for some of Hollywood’s biggest projects, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He has contributed music to films from Angels and Demons to The Holiday. Atli's film scores include The Eagle, Vantage Point, Babylon A.D., the Morgan Freeman caper Thick as Thieves, The Fourth Kind, and the Nicolas Cage medieval fantasy Season of the Witch. Atli’s most recent credits include fantasy epic The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, historical romance Colette the dark and edgy film Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, the drama/thriller A Single Shot starring Sam Rockwell, the hit NBC series Chicago Fire, and working with Hans Zimmer to contribute music to the Zack Snyder Superman reinstallment Man of Steel.

Originally from the small town of Akureyri, Atli 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 Sálin hans Jóns míns 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. Atli soon caught the attention of composer Hans Zimmer, who extended an invitation to Atli to join his team at Remote Control Productions.


Year Title
2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
2006 Six Degrees
2007 The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams
2008 Vantage Point
Babylon A.D.
2009 Thick as Thieves
The Fourth Kind
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles
2011 Season of the Witch
The Eagle
2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
2013 Chicago Fire
2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
2013 A Single Shot


  • Was nominated for Breakout Composer of the Year in 2008 by the International Film Music Critics Association.



Cast and Crew
Crew Tommy Wirkola - Adam McKay - Will Ferrell - Hans Zimmer - Atli Örvarsson
Cast Alea Sophia Boudodimos - Bjørn Sundquist - Cedric Eich - Christian Rubeck - Derek Mears - Famke Janssen - Gemma Arterton - Ingrid Bolsø Berdal - Jeremy Renner - Joanna Kulig - Kathrin Kühnel - Lucy Ella von Scheele - Monique Ganderton - Peter Stormare - Pihla Viitala - Rainer Bock - Robin Atkin Downes - Thomas Mann - Thomas Scharff - Tommy Wirkola - Zoë Bell