Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969-2018)

Posted: February 10, 2018 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music News

Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in Berlin this past Friday at age 48. The cause of death is unknown. The composer won the Golden Globe and received Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy nominations for his score for James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. The following year, he won received an Oscar and BAFTA nomination for his music for Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and also saw the release of Villeneuve’s Arrival, for which he received Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy nominations. He most recently collaborated with director Darren Aronofsky on mother!. His last recorded film scores include The Mercy, which was just released overseas, Mandy, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and Mary Magdalene (co-scored with Hildur Guðnadóttir), which was recorded in London last month. Jóhannsson is survived by his parents, sisters and daughter.

Tim Husom, Jóhannsson’s manager issued the following statement:

“I’m so very sad. Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew. We came a long way together.”

The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency provided the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our client and dear friend Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose great talent, humility and kindness enriched our lives immeasurably. His music has inspired many new generations of filmmakers and composers. He will be so greatly missed by his Gorfaine/Schwartz family as well as the entire film music community.”

  1. Penderghast says:

    An unique voice has been lost. This is truly sad news 🙁

  2. Bernd-Helmut Heine says:

    This came out of nowhere (a bit like Horner´s untimely death)! Although he may not have been the new Bernstein or Goldsmith it´s always sad when a young talent passes away like this. May he rest in peace…

  3. ygmmasta says:

    I was overwhelmed by the news today… Such a loss. I really loved his recent score for The Mercy – it was so full of emotions. Rest in peace Johann

  4. Dono says:

    That was really unexpected. The world just lost one of its most distinctive and promising composers. I was very impressed by his scores for Arrival and Theory of Everything, and looking forward to his future works.

    Rest In Peace.