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 releases include John Wick Hex from Good Shepherd Entertainment, the groundbreaking live-action film/game hybrid Erica, and the final installment of the epic Norse-tinged trilogy The Banner Saga and Electronic Arts’ resurrection of the legendary Command & Conquer franchise. Steadily working since his career began in 2006 with thatgamecompany’s debut title flOw, Wintory’s other recent scores include Ubisoft Quebec’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and the massively successful ocean exploring game Abzû developed by Giant Squid, and the stylized real-time strategy game Tooth and Tail . His other games include 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, Tale of Tales’ Sunset, Sloclap’s Absolver, Ready at Dawn’s Deformers and Funomena’s upcoming VR title, Luna. Up next Wintory will reunite with Giant Squid on their open world adventure The Pathless.
Wintory has also worked extensively in film scoring over 50 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), independent comedies A Little Help (starring Jenna Fischer and Rob Benedict) and Strangely in Love, and the dramas Leave (starring Rick Gomez and Frank John Hughes), and The Grief Tourist (starring Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith). Wintory’s music can more recently be heard in the drama, The Last Movie Star, (starring Burt Reynolds in his final role, alongside Ariel Winter) the action thriller Bullet Head starring Adrien Brody, Antonio Banderas and John Malkovich directed by Paul Solet, and the documentary Tread.
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.