09 June 2010
On Thursday May 20th Joris de Man was presented with the inaugural award for Best Original Video Game Score for the Killzone 2 soundtrack at the 55th Ivor Novello Awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
The Ivors are presented annually by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and are respected worldwide as the major platform for recognising and rewarding Britain’s song writing and composing talents. They are the only major music award to be judged and presented by the writing community.
Commenting on his outstanding achievement, Joris said “I'm ecstatic to have been awarded the Ivor for my work on Killzone 2. It is an honour to receive such recognition and it has special significance this year in particular as it’s the first time the category has been included at the awards.”
“It was great to be at the event with Armin Elsaesser, a fellow nominee who was really gracious in his support, to enjoy celebrating with him, the team from Sony and to be rubbing shoulders with likes of Trevor Horn, Paul Weller, Imogen Heap, Johnny Marr and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.”
“Joris has never failed to deliver music of exceptional cinematic quality to all the Killzone franchise titles from the very beginning”, said Hermen Hulst, Managing Director of Killzone 2 developer Guerrilla. “Guerrilla is proud to see Joris being recognised for his talent with this award for his work on Killzone 2.”
Michael Denny, Senior Vice President for Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Europe said “Joris is an incredibly skilled composer, and his orchestral soundtrack for Killzone 2 provides the perfect intense and dramatic backdrop to the game.” He added “I am delighted at BASCA’s recognition of the video game industry. Video game composers have some very specific and unique skills, and an endorsement by a globally recognised awards body is a fantastic thing for everyone who works in our industry.”
Joris is currently composing on a yet to be announced ‘AAA’ games title, two short films and leading sound design for MMO game DUST 514. He’s looking forward to embracing opportunities in TV and features.