Eímear Noone

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Eímear Noone
Occupationconductor and composer

Eímear Noone (born in Kilconnell, County Galway)[1] is an Irish conductor and composer, best known for her award-winning work on video game music. She has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, l’Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, the Sydney Symphony, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and several other national orchestras. Noone was the first woman to conduct at the Oscars on 9 February 2020, leading the orchestra in excerpts from the five nominated film scores.[2] Noone was also the first woman to conduct at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland.[3][4] A documentary about the life of Eimear Noone is currently in production by Krenshaw Films.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Kilconnell,[5] Noone is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin[6] who has taught conducting for UCLA Extension, Columbia College Chicago, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the LA Conducting Salon at the LA Ballet School.[7] Noone co-founded the Dublin City Concert Orchestra[5] and is co-creator of the Dublin International Game Music Festival.[8]


Noone's composing and conducting work includes 26 film and video game titles, including notable Blizzard Entertainment titles Overwatch (2016), Hearthstone (2014), Diablo III (2012), Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010), and World of Warcraft (2004) and its expansions.,[9] as well as The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD included with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the following Symphony of the Goddesses Tour.[10] As a part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Legend of Zelda Series, Eímear Noone's conducting was filmed as the first three-dimensional footage of a symphony orchestra for the Nintendo 3DS.[10] Noone has helped bring to life BASE Hologram's new show, The Maria Callas Hologram Tour. Featuring conducting by Eimear Noone and a hologram of the iconic soprano and live, synced, classical music to match the singers performance. [11]

In 2016 she worked with Tommy Tallerico, conducting the Video Games Live concert.[citation needed]

In 2019 she took over from Jessica Curry as the presenter of the Classic FM show High Score, which features orchestral arrangements of video games music. [12]

In 2020, she became the first female conductor to ever perform at the Academy Awards.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Eímear Noone's score for "World of WarCraft: Warlords of Draenor" received the "Hollywood Music in Media Award" in 2014 for "Best Video Game Score", and was nominated for five "Annual game Music Awards 2014".[14]


  1. ^ Irish conductor Eimear Noone becomes the first-ever woman to lead the Oscars orchestra at Extra.ie, 25 Jan 2020 [accessed 4 Feb 2020]
  2. ^ Burlingame, Jon. "Oscars to Feature Female Orchestra Conductor for the First Time" (Variety). Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  3. ^ Keane, Caomhan (28 March 2015). "Taking up the baton". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "Rennes. Une chef d'Hollywood pour le concert Video games". Ouest-France.fr (in French). Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b O'Connell, Dave (28 March 2015). "Kilconnell native scored world's biggest videogame ever". Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ "The woman conducting magic - Eimear Noone: 'I couldn't even get a chance to screw up in Ireland' - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ Tom., Hoover (1 January 2011). Soundtrack nation interviews with today's top professionals in film, videogame and television scoring. Course Technology/Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781435457621. OCLC 840387657.
  8. ^ "About – iDIG Music Festival". idigmusicfest.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Eimear Noone". IMDb. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  10. ^ a b "The Irish Queen of Games Music - Eimear Noone Interview - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  11. ^ Morris, Keegan. "Meet the conductor who's resurrecting Maria Callas (in hologram form)". WFMT. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/composer-eimear-noone-hosts-high-score/
  13. ^ "The Women Who Invented Video Game Music". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Eímear Noone – iDIG Music Festival". idigmusicfest.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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