Hugi Gudmundsson is an Icelandic composer of contemporary classical music. His work hs performed internationally at concerts and music festivals. Gudmundsson studied composition in Iceland with Dr. Ulfar Ingi Haraldsson and Thorkell Sigurbjornsson (1997-2001). He finished a master’s degree in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2005 and finished a second master’s degree in electronic music from the Institute of Sonology (The Hague, The Netherlands) in 2007. Hugi Gudmundsson has been nominated nine times for the Icelandic Music Awards and received the award in 2013 for his orchestra piece Orkestur and in 2008 for Apocrypha, for baroque ensemble and electronics. In January 2015 he received the most prestigious award given to Icelandic artists, the Optimism Award. The head of the jury is the former president of the nation and the world’s first female president, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, and the cash award and trophy was presented by the current president of the nation.