HALFDAN E – composer

2019 got off to a flying start with being commissioned to score Ragnaraok a major new tv series for Netflix written by Adam Price the creator of Borgen for which Halfdan also composed the music. He has recently completed the music for series 2 of the hit Danish series Gidseltagningen (Below the Surface) shown on Channel 4 in the UK.

The multi award-winning Danish composer scored BBC1’s much-praised thriller Apple Tree Yard, directed by Jessica Hobbs for Kudos Film & TV  starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin. In 2018, he scored a Finnish award-nominated feature, Ihmisen Osa for Smile Entertainment  as well as completing the animation feature Hodja From Pjort.   Halfdan first burst onto the international market of course with his music for all 3 series (30 episodes) of Borgen. The show is still screened all over the world and US Newsweek hailed it as The Best Political Show Ever.

Other recent credits include Danish family film called Jeg er William (I Am William) for Metafilm, Iqbal and the Jewel of India for Miso Film, as well as licensing some of his syncs for the feature Return of the President.

Halfdan’s awards include Golden FIPA for Borgen (2010), Best Song for Ivan the Incredible (2012) (shared); Best Original Score for When Heaven Falls (2009), Best Original Score for Drabet and Best Original score for The Inheritance.

His signature style fusing electronics with classical orchestral sounds has been featured in more than 45 features, 10 television series and many documentaries and short films. Outside Denmark some of his large-scale orchestral scores have been recorded in London and Prague with leading orchestras.

His international films include the comedy Comeback; the multi-award winning children’s’ Otto The RhinoA Somewhat Gentle Man (Paradox Productions); When Heaven Falls (Zentropa Productions); Lotto (Nordisk Film); Popular Music (Happy End Films); The Bouncer(Angel Films); The Inheritance (Zentropa Productions); Okay (Bech Film); Manslaughter (Zentropa Productions); Store Planer (Angel Films) and The Bench (Zentropa Productions).

Other major tv series include the second most successful Danish series of all time, Badehotellet” (Seaside Hotel);  Summer (DR Denmark); Appearances (DR Demark); Nynne (Angel Films); and Skrål (DR Denmark). Documentaries include The President (Guldbrandsen Film); Tintin & I (Angel Film) and Worlds Out of Time (SFC).

Halfdan started his career in music as a bass player in many different Danish bands before joining the group Laid Back, then signed to BMG Records. The band’s international hits included Sunshine Reggae, Bakerman and White Horse. He later teamed up with the Danish poet Dan Turell and together they recorded 2 hit albums, winning 2 Danish Emmys. He was already an established rock star before studying for a degree at Copenhagen’s Academy of Music, majoring in playing, composition, orchestration, arranging and sound engineering.

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. He works from his own dedicated film music facility in Copenhagen, now also home to his record label PlantSounds releasing original film soundtracks.


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Halfdan’s video introduction
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