Simon Franglen

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Simon Franglen
Born1963 (age 54-55)
OriginWestminster, London, England
GenresFilm score, soundtrack, Pop, adult contemporary, soft rock
Occupation(s)Film composer, Record producer, songwriter, arranger, musician
Years active1989–present
Associated actsDavid Foster, James Horner, Thomas Newman, Celine Dion, Alan Silvestri, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Toni Braxton, Quincy Jones

Simon Franglen (born 1963, Westminster, London, England) is an English composer, record producer, arranger and musician. His credits include four of the list of top grossing films and six of the list of best-selling albums of all time.

He is best known for his work on Avatar, for which he received Golden Globe[1] and Grammy nominations for the theme song, and for being the producer of "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic, for which he won a Record of The Year Grammy Award.[2] Other film credits range from David Fincher's Se7en, for which he created the synthesizer programming, to arranging the music for the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre.[3]


With over four hundred credits on, Franglen has worked with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Quincy Jones, Toni Braxton, and The Corrs.[3] Following the success of the Titanic soundtrack in 1997, Franglen went on to work with pop acts such as Bee Gees, Gary Barlow, Whitney Houston, Boyzone, S Club 7, Monica, and Toni Braxton.

Early career[edit]

Music was important in Franglen's home during his childhood. The musician and writer Hans Keller was his great uncle.[3]

After showing prowess with synthesizers whilst working in recording studios as a student, Franglen was hired by Trevor Horn as a Synclavier programmer. He also briefly worked as a live musician but found it repetitive.[3]

Film score work[edit]

Franglen moved into work on films when he was introduced to the composer John Barry late the production of the score for Dances with Wolves and colloborated on the soundtrack album. He continued to work with Barry for a number of years. He was also introduced to the film composers Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore and James Horner.[3]

After some work on music scores for television, Franglen moved to the USA, where he discovered a niche between the session keyboard players that were polarised either as classically-trained pianists without little technical experience, or those with great ability with the technology but no classical training or ability as arrangers.[3]

He worked with producer David Foster on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard and later, James Horner on the score for Titanic.[3]

Pop work[edit]

Alongside his career on film music, Franglen has also been involved in producing and arranging a huge number of singles and albums that have charted highly, since in the late 1980s.[4]

Recent work[edit]

In 2016, after the death of his friend, James Horner, Franglen co-composed the score to The Magnificent Seven, which Horner was working on. In 2016, he also composed original music for director Terrence Malick's film Voyage of Time. In December 2016, He premiered a new fifteen minute largely orchestrai suite in what CNN called 'The World's Highest Art Space'[5] - a 240 speaker immersive experience featuring four orchestras, solo Guzheng, Erhu, choir and bells on the 2000 ft high 126th floor of the Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China.

In early 2017 he worked with Pink Floyd at Abbey Road,[6] producing 3D mixes of some of their best known tracks for an immersive installation room at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. This opened to the public in May 2017.

Franglen was responsible for the production and further composition of the music throughout Pandora–The World of Avatar which opened at Walt Disney World in Florida in May 2017, taking over duties from James Horner in 2015.[7]

Film credits[edit]

Music credits[edit]

Installations and 3D[edit]


  1. ^ "Browse Results – Golden Globe Awards Official Website". Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Simon Franglen | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Interview with Simon Franglen :: Film Music Magazine". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ "Simon Franglen | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
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