About Jacob

Danish Film Composer

Jacob Groth

Born in 1951, Jacob Groth is a Danish film and television composer. He has created music for motion pictures since 1978, always with the ambition that his compositions should be felt rather than heard.

Five times an International EMMY Awards-winner, in the past 25 years, Jacob Groth has established himself as a highly regarded composer; a reputation he intends to continue.

Famous for composing the score for the Millennium trilogy

Jacob Groth is perhaps most famous for his score work on the film trilogy based on Swedish crime author Stieg Larssons Millennium series of 3 best-selling novels ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ (nominated for Best Score at the European Film Awards), ‘The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest’ and ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’.

In recent years, he also spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, scoring projects such as the CBS drama series ‘Unforgettable’, (a series that, aided by Groth’s atmospheric score, went on to run for 4 seasons and for which Jacob was awarded Best Music Score at the ASCAP Awards). He has also scored the NBC supernatural drama series “Midnight, Texas”.

His first major work was on the Søren Kragh-Jacobsen film debut ‘Vil du se min smukke navle?’. Jacob’s working relationship with Kragh-Jacobsen led to a long period of collaboration. Latest, he has scored “Lille Sommerfugl”, which premiered in December 2020. He also built an ongoing creative relationship with Director Rumle Hammerich which included the movie ‘Otto er et næsehorn’ in 1983 and ran up to ‘Headhunter’ in 2009.

In 2012 he teamed up once again with Millennium director Niels Arden Oplev to score the major Hollywood production ‘Dead Man Down’, starring Colin Farrell. In 2014, Groth worked on the action thriller ‘Skin Trade’ produced by and starring Dolph Lundgren.

Jacob has excelled in his Nordic TV work, from the late 90s watershed Danish drama series ‘Taxa’ and ‘Unit One’ (‘Rejseholdet’) to his Emmy Award-winning work on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, ‘Young Andersen’. He has also added his unique compositional style to 2 seasons of the hit Swedish crime series ‘Modus’.

In 2019, Jacob released his first studio album since beginning his career as a score composer.

The album, Music For Your Inner Movie, is inspired by his joy of nature and dedicated to the young people, who are fighting to save our climate. On the album, Jacob Groth has composed the music without his usual fixed frames and is moving in a lighter direction than his well-known Nordic Noir-style.

Other recent projects include Danish-French tv-series “DNA” starring Anders W. Berthelsen and Charlotte Rampling, which has been bought by the BBC for the UK market, as well as the crime-thriller series ‘Wisting’ based on the award-winning series of books by former Norwegian homicide detective Jørn Lier Horst. The series is available to watch on both Amazon Prime and Viaplay. ‘Wisting’ has been picked up for a second season, which Jacob Groth will also be scoring, expecting to premiere in 2022.

In 2021, he was accredited with the Honorary Award at the Music Publishers Association in Denmark’s award show ‘Carl Prisen’.


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