"My album First is about to be released on [PIAS] label Sancho Panza Recordings. Take some time and watch this short film in which I share some thoughts on the writing process and a snippet of music."
Uno Helmersson is an award-winning Swedish composer and multi-instrumentalist whose credits include the worldwide hit TV series The Bridge, broadcast in more than 100 territories and for which he was awarded a Golden FIPA.
With near 70 titles on IMDB and over 600 registered compositions in his PRS he is one of the most prominent Scandinavian composers for film and TV today.
Most recently, Uno scored Jonas Rasmussen’s FLEE, an animated documentary that follows Amin, a man on the verge of marriage who shares the story of fleeing his country for the first time. FLEE won World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance in 2021. Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau have recently been announced as executive producers and will narrate an English version of the film.
Prior to that, Uno scored fantasy film Nelly Rapp: Monster Agent based on Martin Widmark’s book series of the same name, and Benjamin Ree’s The Painter and the Thief, winner of World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling in 2020, which explores the relationship between the painter Barbora Kysilkova and Karl-Bertil Nordland, the man who stole one of her paintings from a gallery in Oslo.
Other major credits include Karen Stokkendal Poulsen’s On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship, James Jones and Olivier Sarbil’s On The President’s Orders, and Janus Metz and Sine Plambech’s Heartbound – A Different Kind of Love Story.
Other major credits include the Emmy-winning documentary series Armadillo which follows a group of Danish soldiers for six months in Afghanistan, and Magnus, about the life of Norway’s Mozart of Chess directed by Benjamin Ree, who Uno later collaborated with on The Painter and the Thief.
Uno was born and raised in Västerbotten, in the rural parts of northern Sweden. When he was a small child, his parents took note of his talent for music and made him take organ classes in the nearest town. As a teenager, having moved to a larger town, he played in bands and came to realise that he wanted to pursue music as his profession. He studied music in upper secondary school and continued with a number of preparatory courses before being accepted into Royal College of Music in Stockholm in the fall of 2002.
During his college years, he met Johan Söderqvist, one of the most prominent composers of film music in the Nordics. After graduating, Uno started working as Söderqvist’s assistant on films like Let the Right One In, Kon-Tiki and Limbo. Their cooperation matured into a partnership that has resulted in acclaimed productions like the TV series The Bridge and Departement Q I & II.
Uno’s debut album, FIRST, will be released by PIAS Global in May 7th.
In August 2012 Uno started the film and music production company ABHL together with the director Olavi Linna. From that time all work are curated through ABHL and many great ideas and creative works has its origin from the inside of AB Helmersson Linna.
All inquiries goes through ABHL. If you are interested in starting a collaboration.