Rob Simonsen

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Rob Simonsen
Born (1978-03-11) March 11, 1978 (age 36)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres Film scores
Occupations Film composer
Instruments Piano

Rob Simonsen (born March 11, 1978) is an American film composer located in Los Angeles.

Early life[edit]

Rob learned to play the piano by ear early in life. His grandmother was a voice teacher and music was around him in the family. He would later study piano performance and music theory while being enrolled at Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon, and Portland State University.[1]


Rob's first break into film composing was through the independent feature Westender in 2003. In 2004 he teamed up with Mychael Danna and has provided additional music and arrangements on Surf's Up, Fracture, Moneyball and the Oscar-winning, Life of Pi. The two have co-composed the film (500) Days of Summer, and the television series, Blue Bloods and Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon. His most recent work includes the Sundance Film Festival features The Way, Way Back and The Spectacular Now.[2]

In 2009, he opened his own studio, while The Hollywood Reporter named him one of the '15 Composers Primed to Take Their Place on the A List.'[3]

Rob's music can be heard in nearly all iPhone 5 ads - he appears as the conductor in the commercials as well.





  1. ^ "Cast & Crew". Focus Features. 
  2. ^ Staff (January 28, 2013). "Meet Sundance composer Rob Simonsen". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Staff (January 22, 2013). "Sundance Roundtable Composer of the Day: Rob Simonsen". Retrieved 22 January 2013. 

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