|Born||March 11, 1978|
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Rob Simonsen is an American composer based in Los Angeles.
Simonsen began playing the piano by ear at an early age. His grandmother was a voice teacher and music was around him in his family home. He later studied music at Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon and Portland State University.
Rob's first break into film composing was the independent feature Westender in 2003. In 2004 he teamed up with composer Mychael Danna and has provided additional music and arrangements on Surf's Up, Fracture, Moneyball, and the Oscar-winning Life of Pi. Simonsen and Danna co-wrote the score of (500) Days of Summer, and Joss Whedon's television series Dollhouse. Simonsen's work includes the Sundance Film Festival features The Way, Way Back and The Spectacular Now; the Lionsgate feature film The Age of Adaline; and most recently Love, Simon and Stargirl.
Simonsen's music can be heard in nearly all iPhone 5 ads, and he appears in them as the conductor. "Red", one of his tracks for iPhone 5, has gained wide recognition. His music was featured in Coca-Cola's 2018 Super Bowl TV spot, "The Wonder of Us".
- World Soundtrack Award (nomination): Discovery of the Year for The Spectacular Now, The Way, Way Back (2013)
- International Film Music Critics Award (nomination): Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film for Nerve (2016)
- Westender (2003)
- Two Fisted (2004)
- Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)
- Lonely Hearts (2006) additional music
- Surf's Up (2007) additional music
- Stone of Destiny (2008) additional music
- Management (2008) co-composed with Mychael Danna
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) additional music
- (500) Days of Summer (2009) co-composed with Mychael Danna
- All Good Things (2010)
- The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (2011)
- Moneyball (2011) additional music
- The English Teacher (2012)
- LOL (2012)
- The Final Member (2012) Documentary
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), composed with Jonathan Sadoff
- Girl Most Likely (2012)
- Life of Pi (2012) additional music
- The Spectacular Now (2013)
- The Way, Way Back (2013)
- Wish I Was Here (2014)
- Foxcatcher (2014) (additional music by Mychael Danna and West Dylan Thordson)
- The Age of Adaline (2015) (additional music by Duncan Blickenstaff)
- Burnt (2015)
- Stonewall (2015)
- Nerve (2016)
- Viral (2016)
- Demain tout commence (2016)
- Going in Style (2017)
- Gifted (2017) (additional music by Duncan Blickenstaff)
- The House of Tomorrow (2017)
- The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) (additional music by Duncan Blickenstaff)
- The Upside (2017)
- Father Figures (2017)
- Tully (2018)
- Love, Simon (2018)
- The Front Runner (2018)
- Captive State (2019)
- Fast Color (2019)
- Our Friend (2019)
- The Way Back (2020)
- Stargirl (2020)
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
- The Adam Project (2022)
- Hollywood Stargirl (2022) (additional music by Duncan Blickenstaff)
- The Whale (2022)
- Dollhouse (series) (2009–2010)
- Battleground (series) (2012)
- Blue Bloods (series) (2010–2013)
- Life in Pieces (series) (2015–2017)
- Rêveries (2019)
- "Cast & Crew". Focus Features. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- Staff (January 28, 2013). "Meet Sundance composer Rob Simonsen". Miramax.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- Staff (January 22, 2013). "Sundance Roundtable Composer of the Day: Rob Simonsen". BMI.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "Coca-Cola | The Wonder of Us :60". Archived from the original on 2018-02-18.
- "Composer Rob Simonsen releases debut solo album Rêveries". Sony Masterworks. Archived from the original on 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
- Catchpole, James. "Rob Simonsen - Rêveries". Fluid Radio UK. Archived from the original on 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
- Staff (October 29, 2013). "2013 World Soundtrack Awards". BMI.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- Staff (February 9, 2017). "IFMCA Award Nominations 2016". Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.