He has contributed music to films from Angels and Demons to The Holiday. As a composer, Atli Örvarsson displays musical diversity throughout his action-film scores in The Eagle, Vantage Point, Babylon A.D., Thick as Thieves, The Fourth Kind, Season of the Witch.
He became established in the Icelandic music scene at a young age. He earned three platinum and two gold records as a member of the Icelandic band Sálin hans Jóns míns before beginning his studies at the Berklee College of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was awarded the Pete Carpenter Fellowship and began working alongside Mike Post on NYPD Blue and three Law and Order brands as well as Hans Zimmer, who invited him to join Remote Control Studios. He was awarded with several American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards, BMI Awards and nominated for the prestigious World Soundtrack Academy Award. He composed the music for an award-winning Icelandic movie Rams.