Winifred Phillips

Award-winning composer of music for video games, television, and film.
image Interactive Achievement Award-winning composer Winifred Phillips has been called a "superstar of video game music" by Music Connection Magazine. She has a long list of video game credits that include titles from five of the biggest franchises in gaming: Assassin’s Creed, LittleBigPlanet, Total War, God of War, and The Sims. Her games include Assassin's Creed Liberation, six games in the LittleBigPlanet franchise (including LittleBigPlanet 3), God of War, Total War Battles: Kingdom, The Da Vinci Code, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Speed Racer, Shrek the Third, SimAnimals, and Spore Hero, among many others. Always versatile and ambitious, Phillips’ musical style spans the gamut, from action thrillers to broad comedies to whimsical adventures. She works with award-winning music producer Winnie Waldron (for more information, read Winnie Waldron's biography).

Phillips has received an Interactive Achievement Award / D.I.C.E. Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, three Hollywood Music in Media Awards, six Game Audio Network Guild Awards (including Music of the Year), three Global Music Awards, an IGN Best Score Award, a GameSpot Best Music Award, a GameZone Score of the Year Award, a GameFocus Award, and three Gracie Awards from the Alliance of Women in Media.

Phillips has released fifteen albums. Her soundtrack album for the Legend of the Guardians video game was the first video game soundtrack album released by WaterTower Music, the film music record label of Warner Bros. Pictures.

As one of the game industry’s foremost authorities on the art and craft of game music composition, Phillips is the author of the acclaimed bestselling book, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press), which won a GMA Book Award Gold Medal from the Global Music Awards, a National Indie Excellence Book Award, a Nonfiction Book Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association, and an Annual Game Music Award from Game Music Online in the category of "Best Publication." Singling out Phillips’ book for praise, film composer Harry Gregson-Williams said, “Winifred Phillips’ passion and understanding of this medium comes to life on the page and is a direct result of her vast experience and accomplishment in composing for video games.” Jon Burlingame, the film music reporter for Variety, hailed Phillips’ book as “a beautifully organized, intelligently written book about music for games,” and Film Score Monthly praised the book as "a touchstone academic achievement.”

Phillips began playing piano at the age of five, and grew up loving film and game music. She began her career as a composer for the National Public Radio drama series Radio Tales. Her work for NPR earned her an International Radio Festivals Award. Breaking into the game industry with the blockbuster video game God of War, Phillips quickly rose in prominence to become one of the most accomplished and respected composers in the game industry today.