Haukur Tómasson was awarded the 2004 Nordic Council Music Prize, the greatest honor awarded to a Nordic composer. This award, which Tómasson received for his chamber opera Gundrun's 4th Song, firmly established his stature as one of Scandinavia΄s most outstanding composers.
The music of Haukur Tómasson is vibrant and scintillating, characterized by intense rhythmic activity, bright, colorful timbres, and a keen ear for novel and effective instrumental combinations. Tómasson΄s music bustles with energy and is often quite complex, although the rapidly moving surface rhythm occasionally comes to a halt, giving way to slowly moving sonorities of imposing power and austere beauty. Besides a large body of chamber music, Tómasson's work includes eight orchestral pieces, six concertos and the opera Gudruns 4th Song. His music is released on BIS and various Icelandic labels.