Dustin O’Halloran is an American pianist and composer with four acclaimed solo albums under his own name, and is a member of the band A Winged Victory for the Sullen with Adam Wiltzie. He released his first EP for renowned classical musical label Deutsche Grammophon in 2019, and A Winged Victory For The Sullen released their album, The Undivided Five, on Ninja Tune the same year. O’Halloran’s latest solo album, Silfur, was released in June 2021.
His film career began with Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), and since then he’s worked on multiple films and TV shows, including Like Crazy (2011) and Breathe In (2013), both directed by Drake Doremus and starring Felicity Jones. He also scored Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle (2018), for whose closing song he collaborated with veteran Scandinavian chart-topper Ane Brun, and George Tillman Jr.’s critically acclaimed The Hate U Give (2018).
He’s the winner of a 2015 Emmy Award for his main title theme to Amazon’s comedy drama Transparent (2014–2017), and was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Critics Choice Award for his score to Lion (2016), written in collaboration with Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka).
He also collaborated with Bertelmann to score A Christmas Carol (2019) starring Guy Pearce, and The Old Guard (2020) starring Charlize Theron, and Ammonite (2020) starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Other collaborations include with Bryan Senti on the Sky TV series Save Me (2018) and Save Me Too (2020).
In addition, O’Halloran worked as a producer for Katy Perry’s song ‘Into Me You See’ from her 2017 album, Witness, and appears on Leonard Cohen’s 2019 posthumous album, Thanks For The Dance.
O’Halloran lives in Los Angeles and Reykjavik.