Video Game Composers Honored in Classic FM Hall of Fame

Video game music has steadily been rising to prominence over the last decade, but this year, it’s made a tremendous mark in the realm of orchestral and classical music, as shown by various game music composers successfully entering the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

Nobuo Uematsu for the Final Fantasy series entered at a striking #9 out of 300 entries, beating out legendary composers like Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Bach. Jeremy Soule for the Elder Scrolls series entered at #11, Yoko Shimomura for Kingdom Hearts at #30, and Grant Kirkhope earned three entries: #13 for Banjo-Kazooie, #41 for Viva Pinata, and #59 for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Kirkhope was also the most popular composer among the “under 35s” demographic.

At #53 entered the composing team for Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. The Legend of Zelda’s Koji Kondo entered at #84, marking the highest new entry for the Hall of Fame this year. Nobuo Uematsu earned another entry at #118 for Blue Dragon. Glen Stafford entered at #163 for Starcraft, while Gustavo Santaolalla for The Last of Us came in at #193.

At #244 was Martin O’Donnell for the Halo series. Elliot Goldenthal entered at #259 for the movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

For the “under 35s” demographic, seven of the top ten entries were from video games.

The Classic FM Hall of Fame is composed every January, where the Hall of Fame opens the votes for the top three classical music pieces from the public.

Congratulations to all the successful entries.