Gareth Coker

Check out Gareth playing with Videri String Quartet on Friday at 1:30pm with our other magnificent guest composers!

Gareth Coker’s style of combining unconventional soundscapes with melodically driven themes was brought to prominence through the 2015 hit game Ori and the Blind Forest. The game became (and still is!) one of the highest rated games on the Xbox One, with the universally acclaimed soundtrack winning several prestigious awards, including an Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences award for Outstanding Music Composition, SXSW Gaming Award for Excellence in Musical Score, and the Game Audio Network Guild’s Audio of the Year.

Since the release of Ori, he has been given the opportunity to compose for some of gaming’s biggest properties, including Minecraft (Chinese & Greek Mythologies, and various Battle Map DLCs), and ARK Survival Evolved.

Originally from England, he has lived away from home since he was eight (!), in Hilversum (Holland), Baltimore, Utsunomiya (Japan), and currently Los Angeles. His multinational background has helped him draw from numerous musical influences and cultural perspectives, shaping his musical sound over the years.

Currently, he is composing the soundtrack for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, announced at E3 2017 with a live on-stage piano performance. He also continues to contribute to Minecraft, and has several unannounced projects in the works.