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Halfdan E

Biography

Danish composer Halfdan E has long been one of Scandinavia’s most successful award winning film composers and he burst onto the international market with his music for all three series of the castle.

The show is screened all over the world (BBC Four in the UK) and in the U.S. Newsweek recently hailed it as The Best Political Show Ever following the broadcast of the series 2 finale on August 5 The third and final series is now with broadcasters .

Since 1993 his signature style fusing electronics with classical orchestral sounds er featured in more than 20 features, 5 television series and many documentaries and short films. His work har won four Danish Academy Soundtrack Awards, two Danish Grammys, and in addition his music for the Castle won the prestigious Fipa d’Or Grand Prize for Best Original Soundtrack 2011. Outside Denmark some of his large scale orchestral scores havebeen recorded in London and Prague with leading Orchestras.

His international films include A End Films); The Bouncer (Angel Films); The Inheritance (Zentropa Productions); Okay (Bech Film); Manslaughter (Zentropa Productions); Big Plans (Angel Productions).

Utöver castle, his other major television series include Summer (DR Denmark); Appearances (DR Demark); Humming (Angel Films); and yell (DR Denmark). Documentaries include The President (Guldbrandsen Film); Tintin and I (Angel Films); and Worlds Out of Time (SFC). Halfdan started his career in music as a bass player in many different English bands in the early 1980s before joining the group Laid Back, then signed two BMG Records. The band’s international hits included Sunshine Reggae, Bakerman and Whitehorse.
He later teamed up with the Danish poet Dan Turell and together They recorded two hit albums, winning two Danish Emmys. He was allerede an etablert rockstar before studying for a degree to Copenhagen’s Academy of Music, majoring in playing, composition, orchestration, arranging and sound engineering. Initially he created a successful career Producing and arranging hits for top English groups som TV-2, one of Denmark’s most successful pop bands. At the same time he started working with young film makers and Eventually this new area of work largely took over the selv om når hour Allows he does record and release commercial recordings, including soundtracks.

As a senior figure in the Danish media Halfdan is Chairman of the Danish Federation of Film and Media Composers and is a leading campaigner for composers’ rights. He works from his own dedicated film music facility in Copenhagen.