The Info List - Markéta Irglová

Markéta Irglová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarkɛːta ˈɪrɡlovaː]; born 28 February 1988) is a Czech singer-songwriter, musician and actress. In 2008 she won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly", which was co-written with Glen Hansard.

Early life

Irglová began taking piano lessons at age 7 and began playing the guitar at age 8.[1]


Irglová was a member of the band The Swell Season with Glen Hansard. The band released its eponymous album on Overcoat Recordings in 2006. In 2007, Irglová co-starred in the indie film Once. Irglová co-wrote many of the songs for the film including "Falling Slowly", which received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.[2] Irglová appeared on the 2007 I'm Not There soundtrack with the Swell Season's version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere".[3]

Personal life

Irglová with Hansard performing in Derry, Ireland in a 2006 concert

Irglová met Glen Hansard in 2001 when she was 13 years old.[4] Her father organized a music festival in the Czech Republic and booked The Frames.[5] Hansard played a large part not only in her development as an artist and songwriter but also in launching her career. Although they met years earlier, her romantic relationship with Hansard began during the making of the film Once[6][7] and ended in 2009.[8] Irglová married Tim Iseler in 2011 and announced their divorce in 2012.[9] She now resides in Reykjavik, Iceland, with her Icelandic partner and their two children. [10]


with The Swell Season




Awards and nominations



  • Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – "Falling Slowly" from Once
  • Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – Once


  1. ^ "About Marketa Irglova". Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "WorldFilm.com". Worldfilm.about.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vedder, Sonic Youth, Tweedy Do Dylan For Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Jamie diamond. "Life Imitating Film". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Markéta Irglová and Marek Irgl: Daughter and father on her Oscar success and much more". Radio Prague. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Once' a Hero". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Jamie diamond (24 February 2008). "Life imitating art". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2008. 
  8. ^ Bray, Allison (26 January 2009). "falling slowly ... out of love". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Zpěvačka Markéta Irglová se po roce rozvádí". Týden.cz. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Markéta Irglová porodila na Islandu holčičku, jméno neprozradila". iDnes.cz. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 

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