Þorkell Nordal started his composition studies in his hometown Reykjavík, Iceland under the tuition of Atli Ingólfsson at the Iceland University of the Arts. He continued his studies with Helena Tulve at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he finished his Master’s degree in composition. Majority of his oeuvre consists of instrumental music but also combination of instruments and electronics. His music has been played in many concerts in Iceland as well as internationally for example in Ung Nordisk Musik, Musica Nova Helsinki and Estonian Music Days. Nordal’s music can be described as tranquil soundscapes but with a strong structural undercurrents that drive the music forward.