Dubbed “Gaming’s Outspoken Maestro” by Game Informer magazine, Austin Wintory achieved international renown for his emotionally riveting compositions in the video game medium.
In 2012, his score for the game Journey debuted on the Billboard charts higher than any original score in gaming history. Austin then went on to make history as the first composer to be nominated for the “Best Original Score” Grammy Award for music composed for a medium other than Film and Television.
Austin’s compositional work in video games also includes the score for The Banner Saga, which earned him over a dozen awards and nominations, including the the peer-voted ASCAP Award for “Best Video Game Score of the Year.”
In 2015, he scored Ubisoft’s blockbuster game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate to another round of awards... including his sixth British Academy Award nomination and his second ASCAP “Best Video Game Score” win. The follow-up release ABZU garnered a 7th BAFTA nomination and the Game Audio Network Guild Award’s “Music of the Year” award.
In addition to his video game work, Austin has scored over 50 feature films. His score for the Sundance Film Festival-winning drama Captain Abu Raed was shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Austin regularly builds commercial ventures from his compositions.
Most recently he premiered the commissioned work This Gaming Life with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a theatrical work created in collaboration with the legendary comedy group Tripod and in 2014, his chamber music show Mythos – which combines his own music with other contemporary works – premiered at New York Comic Con.
He is currently in partnership with the Chicago-based chamber group Fifth House Ensemble, with whom he will tour in a production of Journey LIVE.
Passionate about education, Austin is a regular public speaker at schools and events around the world. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-proot Education Through Music Los Angeles, as well as the Board of Directors for the Society of Composers and Lyricists.
Austin studied music composition at NYU and the Screen Scoring graduate program at the Thorton School of Music & School of Cinematic Arts at USC.