Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir is a classically trained cellist. She began studying cello playing at the Reykjavík Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin
Tónar released Hildur's first solo album, 'Mount A' under the artist name of 'Lost in Hildurness'. The album was recorded in New York City, and at Hólar in Hjaltadalur, (the former resident of the Icelandic Bishop in the medievals), in a house called Auðunarstofa - a replicant of a building which stood there on the very same spot few hundred years back. The house is all made of norwegian wood (also the nails!) and is therefore greatly suited for cello playing, concerning the outcome of the sound. The record was then mixed at The Greenhouse in Reykjavík, with Valgeir Sigurðsson in the cockpit, and mastered in Berlin. Hildur is certainly a multi-talent which crystallizes in the fact that she played all the instruments on the record by her self, including Vibraphone, Viola da Gamba, Harp...and the oldest and purest instrument of all; her voice
with grave seriousness and a hushed voice i recommend this album. it's been a long, long time since a recording has had this much emotional impact on me.
a crude comparison would be GAS transcribed for Cello. but much more than mere drone... so fucking gorgeous it makes me cry.
turns out she played Cello on Pan Sonic's last record... makes sense.
Lost In Hildurness - Mount A
(cf The Chromatics cover of Running Up that Hill--goes all chilly and airy)