Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir completed a B.A. degree in composition from the Reykjavík College of Music in 1989. She continued her studies in Hamburg with Professor Günther Friedrichs, and in Copenhagen with Dr. Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen. Hildigunnur has sung in a number of choirs, among them the chamber choir Hljómeyki, and the Koncertforeningens Kor in Copenhagen. Currently, she is an active teacher and composer in Reykjavík.