Eímear Noone is a California-based, award-winning Irish composer and conductor.
She has composed extensively for film and video games. She is responsible for some of the most enduring soundscapes on World of Warcraft and other best-selling video games. She has conducted orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and The Philadelphia orchestras and has worked on scores for directors such as Gus Van Sant and Joe Dante, orchestrating for Oscar nominee Javier Navarrette (composer of Pan’s Labyrinth) and creating haunting music for thrillers Mirrors and The Hole. She founded a major European game music festival in Ireland and is an advocate for and mentor to creative women in tech and music. She also consults on Amazon’s series Mozart in the Jungle as coach to female lead Lola Kirke.
“The Irish Queen of Games Music” (The Irish Independent) is one of the world’s premier conductors of game scores. In addition to media concerts including The Legend of Zelda, Symphony of the Goddesses and Video Games Live (VGL), more recently she has conducted concerts that included Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov), The Firebird (Stravinsky) and The New World Symphony (Dvořák). She has performed sold-out shows at The Mann Center, Wolf Trap and Beijing’s Olympic Stadium, where she performed to an audience of 80,000. She has led some of the world’s great ensembles, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Symphony Orchestra. She has had the pleasure of conducting the orchestra for the Los Angeles Ballet in their inaugural production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, earning recognition from the Los Angeles Times.
In December 2016, she conducted her own program, Video Games Classic, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The program featured game music alongside the classics that inspired the game’s composers. Her programming brings together her formative classical influences and training at Trinity College and her passion for connecting new audiences with the symphonic tradition with inimitable joy and creative edge. A unique artistic voice, she has also conducted for artists such as Gladys Knight and electronic dance music producer BT at Miami Music Week. She has also shared the stage with Pierce Brosnan and Roma Downey in her own production This Is Ireland.
Through her music on World of WarCraft and the expansion, Warlords of Draenor, Eímear’s music has reached over 100 million people and continually inspired players to invent and build new worlds for nearly 15 years. This score achieved the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Video Game Score and was nominated for 5 Annual Game Music Award and The ASCAP, Composer’s Choice Award upon release. Eímear’s composition collaborators include leading lights of film and contemporary music; Trevor Morris, Trevor Jones, David Campbell, Christopher Young, BT and Rob Carvallo.