Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin

Composer - The Rising of the Shield Hero

Kevin Penkin, based in London, is an Australian composer for Japanese anime and video games. Penkin is best known for composing the Crunchyroll Anime Award-winning score to ‘Made in Abyss‘, and the score to the craft game ‘Florence‘ (Studio Mountains), which won an Apple Design Award in 2018.

Before moving to London in 2013, to complete a Masters degree in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, Penkin collaborated with legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu on a number of Japanese video game titles. This eventually led Penkin to break into the Anime industry, as he went on to write the score for the anime ‘Norn9’, based on a game Penkin and Uemastu had previously worked on.

Since debuting in 2011, Penkin has been involved in an eclectic range of projects ranging from the fantasy worlds of ‘Defenders Quest’ and ‘Made in Abyss’, to the sci-fi landscapes of ‘Under the Dog’, and to the streets of Melbourne in ‘Florence’ and ‘Necrobarista’. Throughout his career, Penkin has recorded with orchestras around the world, including in Vienna, Macedonia, Boston, Nashville and Australia, as well as collaborating with highly esteemed singers Takeshi Saito, Emi Evans and Raj Ramayya.