Rob Simonsen

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About Rob Simonsen

One of America's leading film composers, Rob Simonsen writes scores with a strong dramatic sweep that combines electronic textures with orchestral arrangements. Beginning with independent films in the early 2000s, within ten years he was working on major Hollywood productions, as well as writing string arrangements for pop musicians. Simonsen's most celebrated scores included 2014's Foxcatcher, 2016's Nerve, and 2020's The Way Back, while he brought out an album of his own music, Rêveries, in 2019. Rob Simonsen was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 11, 1978. He grew up in a household of music enthusiasts, and his grandmother was a voice teacher. He studied music theory and jazz piano in college, where he began branching out into composing. Simonsen made his debut as a film composer when he wrote the score for the 2003 independent fantasy Westender. He soon moved up to bigger projects assisting Mychael Danna, working alongside the composer and penning additional music for the films Life of Pi (2012), Moneyball (2011), and Surf's Up (2007); they were full collaborators for 2009's (500) Days of Summer. Working on his own, Simonsen worked his way up to scoring The Spectacular Now (2013), The Way, Way Back (2013), Foxcatcher (2014), Nerve (2016), The Upside (2017), Tully (2018), The Way Back (2020), and many more. He also contributed string arrangements to recordings by Serena Ryder, Tamar Kaprelian, and Redlight King, and programmed drums for Katy Perry's 2017 album Witness. In 2013, he co-founded the Echo Society, a composer's collective dedicated to new and adventurous audio/visual performance projects. 2019 saw the release of Simonsen's first solo album, Rêveries, issued by Sony Masterworks. ~ Mark Deming

St. Louis, MO, United States of America
March 11, 1978