Niels van der Leest is an award winning game composer and sound designer who has been in games since 2007. Over the course of the years he has worked with developers ranging from independent to AAA.
Niels combines his classical music degree in percussion and world music, his background in the orchestral and ensemble performance and the strong sense of sound design to create unique music and sounds.
His most recent work can be heard on Horizon Forbidden West, Horizon Zero Dawn, Trifox and Phoenix II
“Writing to enhance instead of distract”
Music + Sound Award (2022): Dutch Game Awards (2022): Dutch Game Awards (2017): Winner of Best Music & Audio – Horizon Zero Dawn
Jerry Goldsmith Awards (2017): Winner of Best Original Score in a Video Game – Horizon Zero Dawn
VGM Online – Annual Game Music Awards (2018): Winner of Best Orchestral/Cinematic Score – Horizon Zero Dawn
DICE Award (2023): Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition – Horizon Forbidden West
The Game Award (2023): Best Audio Design – Horizon Forbidden West
BAFTA Games Award (2018): Best Music – Horizon Zero Dawn
Niels van der Leest – Music