Atli Ingólfsson was born in Iceland. He concluded his studies in classical guitar, theory, composition and philosophy (Reykjavík School of Music, University of Iceland) and published a book of poetry, before resuming his composition studies at the Milan Conservatory with David Anzaghi. In 1988 he attended the summer course held by Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and moved to Paris, where he studied with Gérard Grisey, subsequently working as his assistant. In Paris he also attended the analysis courses held at Ircam and the lessons of Betsy Jolas and Claude Ballif at the Conservatoire National Supérieur. He lives presently in Bologna, dedicating himself exclusively to composition. Besides various Nordic concerts and festivals and radio broadcast in Europe, the works of Atli Ingólfsson have been presented in many important festivals such as Gaudeamus in Amsterdam (1991 and 1992), Présences in Paris (1992 and 1996), Nuove Sincronie in Milan (1991,1992 and 1994), ISCM in Stockholm (1994), The Berlin Biennale (1999), The Ultima Festival (2001). He has received commissions from various ensembles and institutes such as the Swedish Concert Institute, Nuove Sincronie in Milan, Musica nel ’900 in Trento, Mirkk Art Forum in Tokyo, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Ircam in Paris, Ensemble l’Itinéraire in Paris and the Berlin Biennale. Some of his recent works are published by Ricordi in Milan.