Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in 1964. She studied in the Reykjavík Conservatory of Music, department of Theory and Composition and graduated in 1989. Her teachers there were Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson and Atli Heimir Sveinsson. From 1989 to 1992, she studied composition in Hamburg, with Professor Günter Friedrichs, and Copenhagen, with Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen. Among her compositions are two children's operas, A Dance Cocktail, for small orchestra, a Concerto for violin and orchestra, Mass for Guðbrandur for choir, 4 soloists and orchestra, The Evening, for soprano and chamber orchestra, music for the documentaries We are still here and Skjól og skart, plus quite a few songs, choral works and chamber music. Hildigunnur has had her pieces performed around Europe, the United States, Australia and Canada. She sits on the board of the Iceland Music Information Centre.