Eímear Noone is an award winning Irish composer and conductor, resident in Malibu California, who splits her time between composing for video games, feature films, TV, commercials, and conducting classical concerts and game music.
Currently, Eimear is composing and conducting for the iconic video game, “World of WarCraft” and it’s upcoming expansion, “Warlords of Draenor.” The score for Warlords of Draenor has just received the “Hollywood Music in Media Award” for “Best Video Game Score.”
Arguably the world’s current premier conductor of video game scores (both in the studio and in the concert hall), her credits include the most respected in the genre such as, “World of Wardcraft,” “Starcraft II,” and “Diablo III.” Released by Blizzard Games this past May, “Diablo III,” smashed the record in game sales by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours alone. It also just 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.
For two years, Eímear toured as the conductor for “The Zelda Symphony,” a full four- movement symphony created from the themes from the iconic video game, “Zelda.” The concert has continually held sold out concerts around the world with orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic, The Sydney Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, and many more.
In 2011, Eímear recorded the “Zelda Symphony 25th Anniversary CD,“ released by Nintendo as part of their newest Zelda game, “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.”
Eímear also conducted for the series of 3D music videos which Nintendo filmed during the actual recording sessions for this Zelda game – the first time a game score had been filmed in 3D. Bootlegs of the videos have garnered millions of YouTube viewings.
In 2011 Eímear conducted and co-produced “This is Ireland,” a live show with her husband, Emmy Nominated composer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, at Royce Hall, LA for St. Patrick’s Day. Featuring orchestra, gospel choir, actors and soloists, the show starred Irish stars Pierce Brosnan and Roma Downey. Following on from the success of its premier, “This is Ireland” is being developed for a possible tour and television broadcast.
Although best known for these contemporary performances, her background is solidly in Classical Music. For example, Eímear had the pleasure of conducting the orchestra for the Los Angeles Ballet in their inaugural production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” in 2007.
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 Resume • Page 1 • 11/6/14
As a composer, Eímear has had the privilege of working on many concert, film and TV projects such as award winning Irish Film Board short film “Colder” directed by JJ Harrington. The score to her first feature film under her own name, “The Donner Party” – starring Crispin Glover – has received critical acclaim and will be released as an album later this year.
Meanwhile, in 2013, Eímear is just completing her third film score in collaboration with her husband, Craig Stuart Garfinkle. These include the family drama, “It’s Dark Here,” staring Bubba Lewis, Illeana Douglas and William Mapother, “Get Out if You Can” directed by TJ Martin, and “The Kid” Directed by Sean Brosnan.
In August 2008 Eímear was commissioned by the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival to write original scores for the silent films “In the Days of St. Patrick (1920)” and “The Lad from Old Ireland (1910)”, the first performance of which she conducted live to picture with a small electro-acoustic ensemble. Her score and performance were so well received that Eímear has been invited to open the festival each year since.
As an orchestrator her work has been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and has been recorded at Capitol Records, Twentieth Century Fox and Abbey Road to name a few. Her work has been performed and/or recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, The Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Czech Philharmonic and The Dublin City Concert Orchestra as well as some of the finest studio orchestras in Los Angeles.
She was the orchestrator and conductor on mega-hit video game “World of Warcraft” and has orchestrated two feature film scores for Oscar nominated composer, Javier Navarrete: “Mirrors” staring Kiefer Sutherland and “The Hole” directed by Joe Dante.
Eímear also contributed to the choral arrangements on the video game “Metal Gear Solid” and has orchestrated extra music for TV shows such as “America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent and movie trailers such as those for “Over the Hedge,” Dreamworks, “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire”