Þorkell Nordal is an Icelandic composer that resides in Helsinki. In his music he likes to create musical environments where he invites the listener to dwell in – small fluctuations and gradual processes over time bring narrative to the music. He is interested to chisel his musical ideas into few elements that create minimal but yet interesting soundscapes. Majority of his oeuvre consists of instrumental music for different solo instruments and chamber ensembles. Recently his interest has been drawn towards the possibilities of combining electronic means with smaller instrumental ensembles.


Nordal graduated from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2015 with a BA degree where his main composition tutor was prof. Atli Ingólfsson. After studying in his hometown Reykjavík he continued his studies with Helena Tulve and Toivo Tulev at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he finished his MA (cum laude) in composition in spring 2018. His music has been played in various concerts in Iceland as well as internationally for example in Ung Nordisk Musik, Musica Nova Helsinki and Estonian Music Days. As a composer he has received grants and commissions that have been supported by various culture funds such as the Sibelius Fund of the Society of Finnish Composers, Nordic Culture Point, the Finnish Music Foundation and Tónmenntasjóður Kirkjunnar (Church of Iceland Music Fund).