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“Video game music has become the soundtrack of the lives of millions of people”
Eímear 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. Eímear composed and conducted for the iconic video game World of Warcraftand 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.
Named “The Irish Queen of Games Music” by The Irish Independent, Eímear is arguably the world’s current premier conductor of video game scores both in the studio and in the concert hall. As the principle conductor for Blizzard Games (World of WarCraft) and a first call for sessions at Skywalker Ranch, her credits include the most respected productions in the genre.
The game music she conducts has unparalleled reach in the orchestral world. Diablo III, as one example, smashed the record in game sales by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours alone. It also won the 2012 GDC Award for Best Audio – which includes the award for music, the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score, and a 2013 BAFTA Nomination for Original Score.
In concert, she has performed sold-out shows at venue such as The Bird’s Nest with an audience of 80,000 , The Mann Center 10,000 and Wolftrap 7,000. Presently, Eímear is conducting for the orchestral touring show, VIDEO GAMES LIVE, featuring all the greatest video game scores, synchronized to cinematics and gameplay.
Now in it’s 15th year, VGL holds the Guinness World Record as the longest running orchestral touring show. With Video Games Live, Eímear has conducted from China to Brazil, Canada to Qatar, Mexico to Malaysia – and just about every other corner of the globe where orchestral music is performed.
On December 2, 2016, she conducted her own program with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, inspired and in partnership with VIDEO GAMES LIVE, entitled, VIDEO GAMES CLASSIC. The concept: VIDEO GAMES CLASSIC features music from all the great video games alongside the classics that inspired the games music. Eímear knows that gamers who love the music of Skyrim and World of WarCraft will also love the classics from Stravinsky, Copland, Holst and Debussy (to name a few) – gamers just need exposure to these great classics.
In 2011, Eímear recorded theZelda Symphony 25th Anniversary CD, released by Nintendo as part of their Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. She also conducted for the series of 3D music videos that Nintendo released with their 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. These videos have garnered millions of YouTube viewings.
“The Symphony Orchestra is now a integral part of the Video Game World, no longer regarded as the fuddy duddy music of their Grandparents , it has weaved its way into Gamers hearts .” Eímear Noone
She has also conducted for the legendary Gladys Knight. Eímear collaborated with BT to perform the music from Electronic Opus live as part of Miami Music Week.
As a conductor she has led many of the world’s great ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra (The Mann Center), The Dallas Symphony (Myerson Hall), The Royal Philharmonic (Hammersmith Apollo Theater), The Sydney Symphony (Sydney Opera House), The National Symphony (Wolf trap), just to name a few. As another example of her classical experience, Eimear had the pleasure of conducting the orchestra for the Los Angeles Ballet in their inaugural production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
The LA Times said of the performance: “The score was again given loving care by Eímear Noone and her orchestra” – L. Segal – The L.A. Times, January 2007
Before relocating to California, for four years Eímear conducted and composed for the Dublin City Concert Orchestra, an ensemble she co-founded at the age of 21 for the performance and promotion of film music and repertoire used in films. The three honorary patrons of the orchestra were John Boorman, Elmer Bernstein and Noel Pearson.
The orchestra and symphonic chorus held a sell out series of concerts at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and earned much attention from the Irish national press. As the Irish Independent described her debut performance: “…In one movement the audience rose to its feet in a standing ovation reminiscent of Riverdance. It was magic, the response of the audience… people left exhilarated and in tears.”
“ Eímear Noone is one of the most dynamic conductors I’ve ever known. She brings the music to life with her passion, her skill and her clarity…. As with everything she does, Eímear brings her unique charm and positive spirit to the experience. She is a true Maestro!”
– Mark Watters – Six-time Emmy Award winning composer and conductor The Olympics, The Oscars, Star Wars In Concert
“ Eímear is one of the great conductors, teachers, performers and composers. Her energy is as infectious as her always bright outlook on life. She’s bright light in the world in the world Music, be it studio, stage or classroom. Anyone would be lucky to learn from her wealth of knowledge and experience, both theoretical and real world”
-Trevor Morris – 2 time EMMY Award winning composer