Grammy Award nominated composer Austin Wintory made history when his score to the widely acclaimed Sony PlayStation3 title, Journey, and became the first video game score to be Grammy nominated in the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category. The soundtrack album to Journey broke the all time record for highest charting original videogame score on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Wintory’s most recent game releases include Ubisolf Quebec’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate with creative director Marc-Côte, the highly anticipated ocean exploring game Abzû by 505 Games for creative director Matt Nava. His other games include The Banner Saga 1 & 2 (he will be coming back for the 3rd installment in 2018), the remake of the cult classic Leisure Suit Larry, the action heist game Monaco, Portal creator Kim Swift’s Soul Fjord, the award-winning action adventure game Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians and Sunset. More recently Wintory’s game scores can be heard in Pocketwatch Games’ recently released follow up to Monaco, Tooth and Tale, Sloclap’s Absolver, Ready at Dawn’s Deformers and Funomena’s upcoming VR title, Luna.
Wintory has also worked extensively in film scoring over 40 feature films, notably the Sundance hit Grace, as well as the Sundance Audience Award winning Captain Abu Raed, for which he won a Hollywood Music Award for Best New Composer and was shortlisted for the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Original Score. His other recent film scores include the action feature, The Rendezvous, the thriller Standoff (starring Laurence Fishburne), Mercury Plains (starring Scott Eastwood and Angela Sarafyan), documentary short, Dark Summer, independent comedy A Little Help (starring Jenna Fischer and Rob Benedict), Leave (starring Rick Gomez and Frank John Hughes), and The Grief Tourist (starring Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith). Wintory recently finished Strangely in Love for director Amin Matalqa and Cement Suitcase for director Rick Castaneda and the sci-fi thriller Inverse from director Matt Duggan. Wintory’s music can also be heard in the recent drama, Dog Years, (starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter) and the upcoming action thriller Bullet Head starring Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas and John Malkovich directed by Paul Solet.
Since childhood Austin was fascinated with music, and in high school taught himself composition and orchestration inspired by the work of Jerry Goldsmith, before going on to NYU and USC to study formally. It was while in school that he attracted the attention of Sony and scored his first major game (Flow) and has been quickly rising ever since.