Inspirefest 2017

Eimear Noone

Composer & conductor, World of Warcraft

Eimear Noone is an award-winning Irish composer and conductor, resident in Malibu, California. She splits her time between composing for video games, feature films, TV and commercials, and conducting classical concerts and game music. On December 2 2016, she will conduct her own programme with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in partnership with Video Games Live, entitled ‘Video Games Classic’.

Noone recently composed and conducted for the iconic video game World of Warcraft and the expansion, Warlords of Draenor.  The score for the latter received the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Video Game Score and was nominated for five Annual Game Music Awards, as well as the 2015 ASCAP Composer’s Choice Award.

Arguably the world’s premier conductor of video game scores (both in the studio and in the concert hall), her credits are some of the most respected in the genre. Examples include Heroes of The Storm, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Reaper of Souls, Hearthstone and Overwatch, among others. Diablo III smashed the record in game sales by selling more than 3.5m copies in the first 24 hours alone.  It also won the 2012 Game Developer’s Choice Award for Best Audio (including the music), the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score and a 2013 BAFTA Nomination for Original Score.

Prior to this, Noone toured as the conductor for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses for two years, a full four-movement symphony created from the themes of the iconic video game, Zelda. In 2011, Noone recorded the Zelda Symphony 25th Anniversary CD, released by Nintendo as part of their game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.  She also conducted for the series of 3D music videos that Nintendo released with its 3DS. These videos were filmed during the actual recording sessions for this Zelda game – the first time a game score had been filmed in 3D while it was being recorded. Bootlegs of the videos have garnered millions of YouTube viewings.

Additional studio conducting responsibilities include leading the orchestra for electronic dance music legend BT’s upcoming release, Electronic Opus, as well as the score for the Gus Van Sant film, Sea of Trees, staring Matthew McConaughey. Last March, she joined BT to perform the music from Electronic Opus live as part of Miami Music Week. Noone has also conducted for the legendary Gladys Knight.

She has led many of the world’s great ensembles, such as The Philadelphia Orchestra (The Mann Center), The Dallas Symphony (Meyerson Hall), The Royal Philharmonic (Hammersmith Apollo Theatre), The Sydney Symphony (Sydney Opera House) and The National Symphony (Wolf Trap), to name a few.