(1973 - )
Jessica is an internationally acclaimed BAFTA-winning composer of contemporary classical music and is also co-founder of renowned games company The Chinese Room. She often writes for unusual spaces and her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues such as The Old Vic Tunnels, The Barbican, Sydney Opera House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Wellcome Trust, MOMI New York, The Royal Opera House, Sage Gateshead and Durham Cathedral. The Washington Post have described her music as “stupendous” and The Guardian recently praised her “gorgeous orchestral score” for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The Rapture score has been voted in to the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2016.
Jessica's music has had extensive airplay on Radio 3 and Classic FM, as well as on radio stations and in concert halls around the world. In November 2016 the Bochumer Symphoniker played music from Everybody's Gone to the Rapture as part of their Video Games Music concert. Excerpts from Rapture were also included in "The Women who Score" concert in Los Angeles and in the beautiful Teatro Cervantes in Malaga.
She wrote the music for the genre-defying Dear Esther, which won awards for Best Audio at the TIGA’s, a GANG award and nominations for Best Audio at the BAFTAs. The music went on a worldwide orchestral tour as part of 'Replay: Symphony of Heroes'. The sold-out Dear Esther Live, where the game was played real-time alongside musicians and BAFTA nominated actor Oliver Dimsdale has premiered at The Barbican to great acclaim and tours the UK from November 2017.
Her chilling music for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was also multi-award winning and was described as “quite spectacular” by games press.
Her BAFTA winning music for acclaimed PS4 title Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was named soundtrack of the year by MOJO magazine and sat in the Top 10 of both the Official and Classic FM charts for several weeks. The score recently won Best Score at the Emotional Games Awards, won four GANG awards in San Francisco, including Best Soundtrack and the game won Best Audio and Best Performer as well as Best Music at the BAFTA’s 2016. Game Trailers wrote that "Jessica Curry’s phenomenal musical score deftly waxes and wanes along your journey, setting an atmosphere and progression with varied instrumentation. Magnificent choral arrangements punctuate key moments, and we couldn’t help but stop and bask in their glory.”
Jessica is also a presenter on Classic FM, presenting High Score, a Saturday night show about video game music. The show has had an astounding response and is the most listened to show on catch-up.
The recipient of a PRSF Women Make Music grant, Jessica's large scale choral and brass band work, The Durham Hymns, (a collaboration with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy) premiered at Durham Cathedral in July 2016. She has also enjoyed recent commissions from the London Gay Men's Chorus and by Glasgow Madrigirls.
In March 2016 Jessica was awarded a place on British Council's FAMLAB (Film, Archive and Music Lab week). In conjunction with PRS for Music Foundation, HOME and BFI, the British Council.
She was named as one of Gamesindustry.biz’s People of the Year in 2016 and has recently been named one of the Top 30 Women in Games by MCV. She was also a finalist in the 2017 Women in Games awards in the Creative Impact category. She was a finalist in the Hospital Club awards in the Games and Creative Industry categories. She won the coveted MOSMA award at the Malaga Film Festival in 2016.