20 22 oct '22

Grant Kirkhope

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Grant is a BAFTA nominated British composer who has created the soundtrack for video games that have sold in excess of 30 million copies. From “GoldenEye” to “Banjo-Kazooie”, “Viva Piñata” to “Donkey Kong”, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” to “Civilization: Beyond Earth” and “Perfect Dark” to “Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse”.
He’s worked on “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle”, “Yooka Laylee”, “Dropzone”, “Ghostbusters”, and in 2020/21 “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” and “Minecraft Dungeons”. He is also the composer of the infamous “Donkey Kong Rap” from the Nintendo video game Donkey Kong 64”.
He has also recently scored the feature film “The King’s Daughter” starring Pierce Brosnan and William Hurt due for release January 2022, which won The People’s Vote at The World Soundtrack Awards 2022.
Grant was asked to return for the sequel to “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” and on October 20th 2022 “Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope” will be released.
Grant’s score for “Viva Piñata” was nominated by BAFTA in the Original Score category in its 2007 awards.
His score for the feature film “Shadows” won best score at the Silicon Beach Film Festival in 2020 and his score for the animation “The Wrong Rock” was nominated for Best Original Score – Short Film (animation) at the Hollywood Music in Media awards 2021.
“Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” was nominated for Best Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media by the International Film Music Critics Association and in the Cue Awards 2012 for Best Overall Score, Best Video Game Score and Grant was also nominated for Best Break Out Composer.
Grant was nominated in the 2015 ASCAP Composer’s Choice Awards for his work on “Civilization: Beyond Earth” and also won the Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media 2015 from the International Film Music Critics Association for the same score. “Civilization: Beyond Earth” also won Best Score: Video Game at the Cue Awards 2015.
Grant was nominated in the 2016 ASCAP Composer’s Choice Awards for his work on “Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide” and was also nominated for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media 2016 from the International Film Music Critics Association for the same score. “Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide” was also nominated for Best Score: Video Game at the Cue Awards 2016.
Grant is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK. He is an American citizen and lives in Agoura Hills with his wife and two children.

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